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Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to AASLH Conference

The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) will meet in St. Paul, September 17-20, 2014, with the theme, “Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts.” Approximately 1,000 history professionals from North America will gather at this premier professional development opportunity, which is making its first appearance in Minnesota in 74 years. Over the past decade, AASLH has awarded approximately 10 percent of all of its Awards of Merit to history projects in Minnesota. 2014 offers Minnesota the opportunity not only to learn from its national colleagues, but also to share the best examples of its innovative, groundbreaking, and highly professional work.
 
NOTE: This scholarship project will only be available for the June 13, 2014 deadline. Applicants need to fill out and submit a Budget worksheet.
 

NEED AND RATIONALE

Eligible applicants, like any group of people, benefit from continuing education for its volunteers and staff. In the past decade, history and historic preservation enterprises have used the power of history to improve, shape, and nurture their communities. In order to maintain currency with best practices, it is urgent that volunteers, board members, and staff of eligible applicants seek continuing education from one of the nation’s premier historical associations while it is in Minnesota.
 
In conjunction with this meeting, both the 34th Annual Minnesota Historic Preservation Conference and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums will coordinate tracks of sessions and other opportunities. Blending disciplines strongly supports the theme, and more importantly offers a richer experience directly applicable to the work of history and historic preservation.
 
For the 2014 AASLH Conference in St. Paul, sessions may explore some of the following questions: how have you capitalized on a successful collaboration or learned from disappointing partnerships? How have you built strategic networks among peers and with others in your communities to achieve more than what would have been possible individually? And AASLH will look at existing opportunities and upcoming initiatives in the field to maximize resources that demonstrate our collective impact. From the simplest partner program to a highly coordinated advocacy, marketing, or joint-fundraising effort, your organization can recognize and prepare for a big win for history and cultural heritage.
 

WORK PLAN AND TIMETABLE

Applicants must attend a minimum of two of the three days of the conference, and be able to identify concepts, techniques, and other information that will help them to preserve history or make history more accessible.
 
Applicants within 90 miles of St. Paul and within Minnesota are eligible to request $800 for each person that will attend, up to two people from each applicant (maximum of $1,600 per applicant).
 
Applicants 90 miles distant from and beyond St. Paul, and within Minnesota, are eligible to request $1,800 for each person that will attend, up to two people from each applicant (maximum $3,600).
 
Funds may be used for conference tuition, travel, lodging, per diem, or to temporarily supplement staff to keep a local history museum open during the conference.
 
Armed with new knowledge, skills, and abilities gained at the conference, you will be able to apply new concepts and techniques in your community to improve preservation and accessibility to Minnesota history. Learning will endure for at least one year after the conference as conferees will acquire membership benefits from AASLH.
 

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

Getting started: Examine the American Association of State and Local History 2014 annual meeting website. Determine how your organization or agency will grow its capacity to preserve and make accessible Minnesota history by learning new concepts, techniques, and information at this annual meeting.
 
Project Personnel: Identify those who will attend the meeting, their positions with the applicant, and how the American Association of State and Local History 2014 annual meeting will complement (add to) their knowledge and skills.
 
Budget: The basic project is to implement capacity growth by attending the American Association of State and Local History’s 2014 annual meeting. Use and submit the budget worksheet and estimate costs for annual meeting tuition, travel, lodging, per diem, or staffing to operate a museum during the conference.
 
Putting it all together: Once you have determined the components of this project, complete the application for a structured grant. For the narrative, write a brief description of your organization and how attending the American Association of State and Local History’s 2014 annual meeting will benefit your work.
 

AFTER THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE

After you have attended the American Association of State and Local History’s 2014 annual meeting, each conferee will write a report addressing the following questions with enough specificity to show that their knowledge, skills, or abilities were enhanced by this experience:
  1. Conferences disseminate timely and valuable information. What was the most surprising thing learned? How will you apply this new concept specifically in your community?
  2. Conferences are a good way to network. Who was the most valuable new contact that you made at the conference? How do you plan to stay in touch with this person? How does knowing this person specifically benefit your community through the work that you do?
  3. Conferences teach us a lot about ourselves. What was the most important thing you learned about yourself and your knowledge, skills and abilities? How will you use that information to further grow the capacity of your organization to preserve or make accessible history?

 

You must be committed to applying new concepts, techniques, and information in your community learned at this conference.

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.