2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winners (front row): Kathleen Bergan (Iron Range Historical Society), Chris Schuelke (Otter Tail County Historical Society), Vickie Wendel (Anoka County Historical Society), Mark Peihl (Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County). 2017 Minnesota History Award winners (back row): Washington County History Society book “Company K in the Border War: The Stillwater National Guard in Texas 1916” (accepted by Executive Director Brent Peterson), Discovery Center exhibit on the Mesabi Iron Range strike (accepted by Curator Allyse Freeman), Cokato Museum and Akerlund Studio for its digitization project of its Akerlund photo collection (accepted by Museum Director Mike Worcester and Dave A. Johnson), Pope County Historical Society for its documentary "Pope County 150, 1866-2016” (accepted by Collections Manager Ann Grandy).
Even though the year is far from over, it’s not too early to start thinking about nominations for the 2018 annual Minnesota History Awards, for projects completed during 2017, or the Lifetime Achievement Award, for individuals who have 25 years or more of contributing to the state's local history field.
Nominate projects for awards in the following categories: Behind the Scenes, Collections, Partnerships, Publications, Public Programs, and Preservation. For the Lifetime Achievement Award, nominate people who have demonstrated leadership within their organization, their community, and to Minnesota’s history community in the preservation and promotion of local and state history. Experience should total 25 years in Minnesota.
Applications are due Feb. 2, 2018 and winners will be honored at the 2018 MALHM Conference, April 25-26, in Marshall, Minnesota.
See our Awards page for more information about all categories and definitions, as well as examples of winners from past years to inspire you.
Nominations should be complete but concise and use the Lifetime Achievement Awards or Minnesota History Awards packets. To fill in the form, use Adobe Acrobat as your default PDF viewer.
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums created the awards in 2008 to honor the excellent work performed in Minnesota’s public history community. In addition to highlighting those who have achieved excellence, the program intends to use the example of winners to show the rest of our peers how outstanding project can be accomplished, with the goal of raising the quality of everyone’s work.
Please contact Minnesota History Awards Chair Jill Wohnoutka at 320-235-1881 or by email if you have any questions.
MALHM offers three ways to reach decision-makers at Minnesota's more than 500 local history organizations: advertising in the annual conference program, sponsoring a conference event, and connecting with attendees at a vendor hall table.
Printed programs are given to the more than 150 attendees expected at the annual conference, and online copies are promoted statewide and published on MALHM's website.
Attendees will begin arriving April 24 for a pre-conference event, and stay for the April 25-26 conference at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Help attendees choose your business for dining and entertainment. Reach managers of Minnesota museums making purchasing decisions. Raise your profile with the more than 500 local history groups in the state. See our brochure for ad rates and additional benefits. Reserve your spot by Nov. 1! Camera-ready copy is due Dec. 1. For more information, contact MALHM Coordinator Marci Matson.
Last year, MALHM held its first workshop for house museums at Ramsey House in St. Paul. The experiment was a success, and the second annual workshop is slated for Thursday, Oct. 26, at two Little Falls sites with historic homes: Linden Hill Estate and the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.
The workshop will include tours of both sites as well as sessions on using evaluation methods to improve programming and creating living history tours. Attendees also will have a chance to network with house museum colleagues. Save the date now; more details coming soon.
The workshop is being planned by MALHM's House Museum Affinity Group leadership: Chair Jayne Becker, Vice Chair Holly Johnson (Hormel Historic Home - Austin), Secretary Milissa Brooks-Ojibway (Glensheen - Duluth), and Eve Burlingame (Eidem Homestead - Brooklyn Park). Thank you to Julia Mueller of Linden Hill and Melissa Peterson of the Minnesota Historical Society's Lindbergh site for their support.
Register online with a credit card or mail in a check. See complete brochure, with mail-in form and more details. Cost is $15 for MALHM members or $25 for non-members. Lunch is not included. Members who sign up multiple people from their site save $10 for EACH attendee, as well as other great discounts and benefits. See Membership page for more details.
The Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) Collaborative, a partnership between the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) invites you to take this short survey, to tell us about your experience with the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Grants program. Your feedback will be used to help us improve and communicate our services to you. Your responses are anonymous. At the end of the survey, you may choose to enter your name in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the MNHS store. Please complete this survey by August 28, 2017.