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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Back to School Brings Unprecedented New History Education Opportunities From the Minnesota Historical Society

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August 22, 2013
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Julianna Olsen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Joanna Danks, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3149, joanna.danks@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Education: Back to School Brings Unprecedented New History Education Opportunities From the Minnesota Historical Society

New “Northern Lights” textbook, History Live lessons, field trip lessons and more make history fun, help students hone important skills

Northern LightsWith education at the heart of its mission, the Minnesota Historical Society this fall will connect students and teachers statewide to Minnesota history like never before. Minnesota students will open a new, revised edition of the “Northern Lights” social studies textbook, and students will have unprecedented access to Minnesota history through new, interactive History Live lessons broadcast into classrooms, 16 new field trip lessons and more.

Every year the Minnesota Historical Society helps educate hundreds of thousands of Minnesota schoolchildren in the classroom and through visits to sites and museums with their schools and families, ensuring Minnesota students become state smart. By learning history, students gain knowledge they need to become informed citizens. MHS education programs also help students build important critical-thinking, reading, research and problem-solving skills.

“The Minnesota Historical Society leads the way in history education with authentic, engaging experiences that can be transformational for young people. We help them see the world and themselves in new ways, and set them on a path to a lifelong love of learning,” said Steve Elliott, Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society.

New, Revised Second Edition of “Northern Lights” Shines
“Northern Lights,” a high-quality, comprehensive social studies textbook and curriculum for Minnesota sixth graders, has been revised to meet all new sixth grade state social studies standards. The student textbook and digital version will debut in Minnesota classrooms in September.
“Northern Lights” features hundreds of primary sources and colorful images and engages students with a friendly narrative, interactive activities and stories told from multiple perspectives.

“Northern Lights” is designed to help meet the new requirement that sixth graders complete a full year of study of Minnesota history, civics, geography and economics.

The new “Northern Lights” features enriched American Indian content and new content highlighting precontact Minnesota, World War I and late 20th Century history. All content has been vetted by educators, historians and cultural experts.

For more information please see the "Northern Lights" fact sheet.

16 New Field Trip Lessons at Historic Sites and Museums
Standing where history happened is a powerful experience. The Minnesota Historical Society makes history come alive for students with fun and engaging programs at 18 MHS sites and museums statewide. Sixteen new lessons will launch at sites this fall including the Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Jeffers Petroglyphs and the Alexander Ramsey House, offering hands-on activities, guided tours, games and new resources.

Grants are available to help with schools’ transportation costs to the Society’s sites and museums.

For more information please see the field trip lesson fact sheet.

New History Live Lessons Launch
Minnesota Historical Society educators will deliver new, dynamic history lessons live to students across Minnesota and the nation this fall via video conferencing technology. Ten award-winning History Live lessons are available for students in grades 2-12, meeting academic standards from social studies to science.

History Live will introduce two new lessons this fall: “Messages Through Time: American Indian Culture Preserved in Stone” explores archaeology, history, geology and science for grades 4-6. The second, “The Dred Scott Family & the National Debate Over Slavery,” examines the quest for freedom by a famous family with Minnesota ties and is designed for high school students.

For more information please see the History Live fact sheet.

Professional Development for Teachers
The Minnesota Historical Society supports hundreds of teachers every year with workshops, seminars and online courses. From instructional seminars about the new Revised Second Edition of “Northern Lights” to three day Historic Site Immersion workshops, teachers can access a wealth of resources.

New in 2013 is a self-paced online course, “A History of Minnesota.” Online courses include downloadable primary-source activities for the classroom, video clips and a comprehensive list of resources.

For more information please see the Teacher Professional Development fact sheet.

“Then Now Wow” Minnesota History Exhibit
“Then Now Wow” is a hands-on, interactive exhibit at the Minnesota History Center designed specifically for students and families. It covers Minnesota history from lumbering and fur trading to contemporary immigration and suburban expansion while supporting state social studies standards and complementing the new “Northern Lights” textbook and curriculum.
Input from Minnesota teachers, parents and students played a major role in the development of “Then Now Wow.”
For more information please see the “Then Now Wow” fact sheet.

History is Creative with Curriculum Kits
Teachers and students explore American Indian culture, history and arts with a hands-on Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit based on stories from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Central Minnesota. The kit includes pre-printed bags which can be designed, colored and decorated in one day. The bags are based on authentic beaded Ojibwe bandolier bags.

For more information please see the Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit fact sheet.

History Day
National History Day in Minnesota, a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, challenges students in grades 6-12 to conduct in-depth research relating to a national theme, then create and present their findings through papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites.

Projects can be entered into competitions at the school, regional, state and national levels. Minnesota students are consistently top finishers in the National History Day competition held annually in Washington, D.C.

For more information please see the History Day fact sheet.

History Player in the Classroom
Teachers can bring fascinating historical figures right to their classroom with 11 different History Players ranging from Harriet Bishop, St. Paul’s first public school teacher, to Frederick McKinley Jones, an African-American inventor and engineer. History Player visits are a great alternative to field trips. In a 2011 study by the Society, 100 percent of teachers surveyed said that the History Players held students’ interest and kept them engaged.

For more information please see the History Player fact sheet.

Coming Soon
The Minnesota Historical Society has several exciting education programs now in development including a new mobile application that will revolutionize the field trip.

For more information please see the Coming Soon fact sheet.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

Select education programs are made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

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New Edition of Northern Lights

Minnesota Historical Society Education: New Edition of "Northern Lights" Shines

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August 22, 2013
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Julianna Olsen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3039 • julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Joanna Danks • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3149 • joanna.danks@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Education: New Edition of "Northern Lights" Shines

www.mnhs.org/northernlights

Northern LightsA new student edition of “Northern Lights,” a high-quality, comprehensive social studies textbook and curriculum for Minnesota sixth graders, will debut in Minnesota classrooms this fall, offering enriched American Indian content and new content highlighting pre-contact Minnesota, World War I and late 20th Century history.

“Northern Lights” has been revised to meet all new sixth-grade state social studies standards, encompassing history, civics, geography and economics.

“Northern Lights,” created and published by the Minnesota Historical Society, is the only textbook devoted to Minnesota social studies. It features hundreds of primary sources and colorful images and engages students with a friendly narrative, interactive activities and stories told from multiple perspectives.

Teachers will find the new Revised Second Edition to be a single, comprehensive, high-quality and helpful resource that meets all new sixth-grade Minnesota social studies standards, which are required by the state. The new Annotated Teacher’s Edition of “Northern Lights” will be introduced in phases throughout the fall of 2013.

“You’re looking for valuable resources that you can use in your classroom to help your kids learn and without question, the single most important resource that I have is ‘Northern Lights.’” Ryan Olson, Anthony Middle School teacher, Minneapolis.

Northern Lights

“Northern Lights,” created and published by the Minnesota Historical Society, offers civics, economics and geography connections in addition to history, along with a new glossary of terms. Plus, new sidebars called “So What?” relate historical content to today’s world. End-of-chapter investigations allow students to analyze primary sources and practice historical methods, while primary sources from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections bring state history to life.

New, Vetted Edition Available in Print and Digital
The new, Revised Second Edition of “Northern Lights” is also available in a digital format, which contains the same text and images as the printed textbook. The digital version may be accessed on PCs, Macs, eReaders, iPads and Android devices.

A fully-digital, interactive “Northern Lights” curriculum will debut in summer 2014. This enhanced eBook will be accessible via web browsers and handheld devices and will include video, audio, image slideshows, interactive maps and diagrams. Teachers and students can download a free iPad app of Chapter 8 of the Revised Second Edition, “Minnesota and the Civil War,” at bit.ly/civilwarapp.

The “Northern Lights” student edition contains 20 chapters and 524 pages, including more than 150 pages of new content. Author Dave Kenney wrote the narrative while content was compiled and vetted by a broad range of educators, historians and content experts.

The student edition covers Minnesota history starting thousands of years ago and ending with modern day. “Northern Lights” also features an appendix called “Minnesota Studies” that shows how economics, geography, civics and history work together to create this unique place called Minnesota.

Northern Lights Chapters

1. Studying Minnesota
2. Evidence from the Past
3. Early Dakota
4. Early Ojibwe
5. The Fur Trade
6. The Land Changes Hands
7. Minnesota’s Newcomers
8. The Civil War
9. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
10. Sodbusters
11. Flour, Lumber, and Iron
12. Immigrants, Labor, Cities
13. The Common Good
14. World War I
15. Boom and Bust
16. World War II
17. Cold War, Warm Kitchens
18. Taking a Stand
19. Minnesota in the Modern World
20. Who We Are Today
Appendix: Minnesota Studies

New Field Trip Lessons

Minnesota Historical Society Education: Historic Sites Add 16 New Field Trip Lessons

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August 22, 2013
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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Historic Sites Add 16 New Field Trip Lessons

New lessons bring total number to 80

www.mnhs.org/fieldtrips

Field Trip LessonsMinnesota is home to amazing educational, historic treasures and sites. With guided field trips to 18 historic sites and museums located throughout the state, students can touch artifacts and stand in the very places where history happened. In a recent survey, 95 percent of teachers strongly agreed that their Minnesota Historical Society field trip supported their curriculum and instruction goals.

Each site offers a variety of active, engaging lessons for teachers to choose from for their class. This fall, the Society will launch 16 new lessons at sites including the Alexander Ramsey House, Historic Fort Snelling, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and more. These lessons join more than 60 existing field trip lessons available at the Minnesota History Center and historic sites throughout the state.

For example, at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia students in grades 3-7 can learn games of skill and chance that American Indian kids played including the snake game, deer and hunter, the scream game and lacrosse. At the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River, students learn how the Civil War impacted farm families with the “Minnesota’s Civil War Farms” program.

Other new lessons include:


• Alexander Ramsey House “Executive Decisions: Governor Ramsey and 1860s Minnesota,” grades 6-8; and, “The Ramseys: Family and Politics in the Victorian Era,” grades 4-12
• Forest History Center “Forest Adventures: Stomping on Winter,” grades 4-6
• Historic Fort Snelling “Perspective, Choice and Change,” grades 9-12
• Sibley House Historic Site “Building Minnesota,”grades 4-6
• Jeffers Petroglyphs “Communicating Through Pictures/Exploring Culture through Picture
Writing,” grades K-12

• Oliver H. Kelley Farm “1860s Farm – Then and Now,” grades 1-3
• Mill City Museum “A Taste of Immigration,” grades 4-7; and, “Engineer it! Working with Simple Machines,” grades 4-6

Historic Sites that offer field trips:

• Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul
• Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls
• Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
• Fort Ridgely, Fairfax
• Harken Store, New Ulm
• Historic Forestville, Preston

• Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

• James J. Hill House, St. Paul

• Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey

• Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

• Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia

• Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

• Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

• North West Company Fur Post, Pine City

• Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River

• Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota

• Split Rock Lighthouse, Beaver Bay

• Traverse des Sioux, St. Peter

Financial Assistance
The Minnesota Historical Society’s Legacy Field Trip Support Fund offers aid to reduce transportation costs to all of the Society’s sites and museums. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. To apply and determine eligibility, visit www.mnhs.org/scholarships.

For schools in Greater Minnesota, the MacMillan Field Trip Grants Program offsets transportation and lodging costs for field trips to many of the Society’s sites and museums in the metro area. To determine eligibility and to apply, visit www.mnhs.org/scholarships.

New History Live Lessons

Minnesota Historical Society Education: History Live to Deliver Two Dynamic New Lessons

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: History Live to Deliver Two Dynamic New Lessons

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History LiveTechnology is connecting Minnesota students around the state to history through award-winning History Live lessons, available for students in grades 2-12. Using video conferencing technology, museum educators guide students through action-packed,
in-depth, live lessons about history topics. Students also examine objects, photographs and documents that bring the lessons to life.

All 10 History Live programs are based on national and state academic standards. Each lesson is supported with interdisciplinary
curricular materials for teachers.

History Live received 2011 and 2012 Pinnacle awards from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. The awards are based on teacher evaluations.

Designed for Different Learning Styles, Two New Lessons

Each History Live lesson is designed with different learning styles in mind, encouraging kids to see, hear, repeat and act with hands-on activities. For example, in the popular “Inventions that Changed the Nation” lesson for grades 3-6, students are encouraged to re-enact the dynamics of a car crash in their classroom in order to study the scientific method and the invention of the retractable seat belt.

New! Messages Through Time: American Indian Culture Preserved in Stone (Grades 4-6): Students will explore early American Indian culture recorded 7,000 years ago through rock carvings at Jeffers Petroglyphs in Southwestern Minnesota. Students will discover how American Indian people communicated before the alphabet and how their stories and culture continue to thrive today.

New! The Dred Scott Family and the National Debate Over Slavery (Grades 9-12): Students will discover how a family’s desire to secure its freedom collided with the nation’s debate over slavery. With help from a trained educator at the Minnesota History Center, students exercise critical thinking skills, examine primary sources and explore the issues leading to the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott Decision of 1857. Students are invited to bring and use a cellphone, smart-phone, tablet or laptop to participate in this lesson.

Other History Live Lessons Include:

• Loons and Lady Slippers: All about Minnesota, grades 2-6
• Mission: Expedition, a journey with French cartographer Joseph Nicollet to explore the land
and people of the Upper Midwest during westward expansion, grades 3-6

• A Voyage Into the Past: The Great Lakes Fur Trade, grades 4-6

• Becoming Citizens of a Territory: Lessons of a One-Room Schoolhouse, grades 2-6

• Inventions That Changed the Nation, meet three inventors who changed how we live today,
grades 3-6

• 1900s Logging Camp: The Life of a Lumberjack, grades 4-6
• Media Literacy: 1968 – A Year That Changed America, grades 9-12
• The Civilian Conservation Corps: A Good Deal From the New Deal, grades 4-6

Learn more about all History Live lessons at www.historylivetv.org.

Professional Development for Teachers

Minnesota Historical Society Education: New History Workshops, Online Courses and Memberships for Teachers

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Julianna Olsen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3039 • julianna.olsen@mnhs.org
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Minnesota Historical Society Education: New History Workshops, Online Courses and Memberships for Teachers

www.mnhs.org/tedworkshops

Teacher WorkshopsEach year, the Minnesota Historical Society supports hundreds of teachers statewide with workshops, seminars, online courses and curriculum resources that enhance their ability to engage their learners.

The Minnesota Historical Society hosts day, evening and even multi-day workshops around the state designed to immerse teachers in history content. Topics include “Meeting the New Elementary Social Studies Standards” and a historic site immersion experience at the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City.

Visit www.mnhs.org/tedworkshops for a complete list.

Limited subsidies are available for lodging, mileage and substitute teacher reimbursement. Visit www.mnhs.org/scholarships for more information.

Online Courses
In partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Society has developed online professional development for Minnesota teachers. New in 2013 is an online course, “A History of Minnesota” that focuses on pre-statehood through modern Minnesota. The courses are self-paced and conveniently available all year long. Courses include downloadable primary-source
activities for the classroom, video clips and a comprehensive list of resources.

Ongoing Support, Teacher Membership
Behind every Minnesota Historical Society education program is support for teachers, including support materials and teacher’s guides for exhibits and curriculum kits. In addition, the Society offers Teacher Memberships at reduced rates. They include free regular admission to the Society’s 26 historic sites and museums, a subscription to “Minnesota History” magazine and “History Matters” newsletter, member updates, access to a Teacher Member web page, reciprocal benefits at nearly 250 other historical societies and museums, as well as discounts on Society purchases.

"Then Now Wow" Exhibit

Minnesota Historical Society Education: "Then Now Wow" Minnesota History Exhibit Tailored to Students

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: "Then Now Wow" Minnesota History Exhibit Tailored to Students

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Then Now Wow“Then Now Wow” is the first Minnesota History Center exhibit designed especially for students and families. It is also the largest exhibit ever designed by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Throughout its 14,000 square feet, students explore Minnesota prairies, forests and cities. In each of these regions, students find a range of hands-on activities, multimedia experiences and compelling artifacts, images and installations that share the stories and experiences of people who call themselves Minnesotans.

Visitors trace the journey of wheat and corn by climbing into a grain elevator and sliding through the chutes; hop aboard a Soo Line boxcar and “tour” southwest Minnesota; visit an 1870s pioneer family’s sod house; step inside a modern tipi and learn Dakota history and culture; “travel” on a Twin Cities streetcar through different eras and places; descend into an Iron Range mine and “dynamite” for ore; barter for goods inside a fur post; and discover Rondo, an African-American neighborhood torn apart by I-94 construction.

Minnesota teachers, parents and students played a major role in developing “Then Now Wow” through a series of focus groups Minnesota Historical Society staff held around the state.
“Then Now Wow” directly relates to and enhances topics required by the new Minnesota social studies standards including treaties, fur trade, industrial era mining, Ojibwe and Dakota life and culture – both traditional and contemporary – as well as sodbusting and early settlement.
The chart below shows how elements of “Then Now Wow” directly relate to and enhance topics required by the new Minnesota social studies standards.

Then Now Wow Curriculum Connections

Creative Curriculum Kits

Minnesota Historical Society Education: Students Learn Creatively With Hands-on History

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Students Learn Creatively With Hands-on History

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Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity KitThe Minnesota Historical Society offers students creative, hands-on learning projects that meet state social studies standards and introduce them to important aspects of Minnesota and U.S. history.

The Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit allows students in grades 3-7 to decorate pre-printed shoulder bags designed by a master artist and inspired by Ojibwe bandolier bags. The activity kit enriches lessons on American Indian culture, history and arts past and present, and encourages students to express themselves artistically, by coloring and creating a personalized shoulder bag.

Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit The kit is based on stories from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Central Minnesota and can be adapted to multiple subject areas.

Coming Soon
The Minnesota Historical Society is developing three new curriculum kits which will feature Dred and
Harriet Scott, Lumberjack Math and a Dakota Painted Buffalo Hide Activity. Please see page 16 for more on these new curriculum kits.

National History Day in Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society Education: National History Day in Minnesota Prepares Students for College

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: National History Day in Minnesota Prepares Students for College

www.mnhs.org/historyday

History DayNational History Day in Minnesota is a rigorous program that builds students’ reading, writing, communication and research skills. History Day challenges students statewide in grades 6-12 to investigate a historical subject related to an annual theme and present their findings in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites.

It encourages students to conduct in-depth research, use primary and secondary sources, read a variety of texts, synthesize information and write and present historical content. National History Day in Minnesota is a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.

New National Theme: Rights and Responsibilities in History
Each year, National History Day chooses a theme to guide student topic selection. Students must show the connection between their topics and this larger idea in history. The themes are broad, allowing students to research topics ranging from local history to ancient history. The 2014 theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Students may choose to enter a project in the History Day competition. Projects can advance from school-level history fairs to regional events at 13 locations across the state, a state event at the University of Minnesota and a national contest. Minnesota students are consistently top finishers in the National History Day competition held annually in Washington, D.C. In 2013, 63 Minnesota students attended Nationals, with eight medalwinning entries.

National Academic Standards
The National History Day in Minnesota program addresses state social studies standards through critical thinking, literacy and research. In addition, the program helps students prepare for college by enhancing their communication and interviewing skills, improving reading and writing as well as building college applications, resumes and project management skills. In a recent survey, 76 percent of student participants indicated that History Day was one of their best learning experiences.

Teacher Support
The Minnesota Historical Society supports teachers, helping them integrate History Day into their school curriculum. History Day staff coordinate a variety of resources including workshops held throughout the state, in-class visits by experienced staff, online support with downloadable classroom documents, programming at university and public libraries, plus a menu of curricular products available for purchase.

Major funding provided by:
3M Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, The Gerald and Patrice Halbach Charitable Fund, Ralph and Virginia Kurtzman Fund, David and Janis Larson, Margaret and Lee Skold, Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation and the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Northern Lights Ch. 8
Coming Soon

Minnesota Historical Society Education: New Innovative History Education Programs Coming Soon

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: New Innovative History Education Programs Coming Soon

Digital Natives Will “Play the Past” With Handheld Technology

Play the PastIn early 2014, students on field trips to the “Then Now Wow” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center will be able
to “Play the Past,” a groundbreaking new way for students to use hand-held technology to explore history and extend their field trip back to the classroom.

Students will use iPods provided by the History Center that are loaded with the “Play the Past” mobile application. The app will encourage students to answer questions, solve problems and “collect” digital artifacts by scanning QR codes throughout the exhibit, allowing students to personalize their experience.

The items collected will then be stored in the students’ “digital backpacks” to be accessed online back in the classroom for further study and post-field trip projects.

A classroom toolkit will also be available to help teachers incorporate the content from students’ digital backpacks into future lessons and build on the fundamental strengths of field trips as supplements to classroom instruction. Visit www.mnhs.org/playthepast for more information.

Classroom Curriculum Kits: Three New Multimedia Options
Also in 2014, teachers can engage their students with three new hands-on history curriculum kits from the Minnesota Historical Society. Based on the success of the Society’s Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit, www.mnhs.org/shoulderbag, each new kit will feature multimedia resources that immerse students in experiences that enhance their understanding of history, math and social studies.

• The new Dred and Harriet Scott Curriculum Kit will help meet state social studies standards for grades 6-12. Dramatic video and primary-source based activities will help students examine the story of the Dred Scott family at Fort Snelling and how their struggle for freedom from slavery led to the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott Decision
of 1857.

• The new Lumberjack Math Curriculum Kit will help meet math and social studies standards for grades 5-6. Using the story of lumberjack life and their everyday challenges, students will explore important math concepts in a fun, relevant way.

• The new Dakota Painted Buffalo Hide Activity is designed for students grades 4-8 and features Dakota artist Fern Cloud and her painted buffalo hides. Students learn about important aspects of Dakota culture while completing their own art activity.

Spokespeople

Minnesota Historical Society Education: Spokespeople

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Spokespeople

To set up an interview, please contact Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org or Joanna Danks, 651-259-3149, joanna.danks@mnhs.org.

Tim Hoogland, Director of Education Outreach Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society supervises the National History Day in Minnesota program, Teacher Education, the Northern Lights textbook/curriculum, Curriculum Products and Diversity Outreach. He is also an affiliated instructor of history at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches service learning and museum courses that deepen collaboration between the U of M and the Society. Hoogland has worked for the Society since 1991.

Wendy Jones, Director of Museum Education and Lifelong Learning, has more than 25 years experience developing educational programs at the Minnesota History Center and is leading several initiatives to improve the Society’s service to K-12 audiences, including History Live, History Player in the Classroom, Play the Past and Field Trip Lessons.

Richard Josey, Jr., Manager of Programs, Historic Sites and Museums, directs the development of interpretive programs for the Society’s network of historic sites and museums. Josey has spent more than 15 years developing education-based programs at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Josey began his career in 1985 as a history interpreter portraying African-American experiences in the 17th and 18th centuries, including slavery. In 2001 he became a manager of interpretive programs and since then has supervised staff and
developed programs that cross class, race and gender boundaries.

Dave Kenney, Author of the Revised Second Edition of Northern Lights, is a freelance writer specializing in Minnesota history. His books include “Minnesota in the ’70s,” “Twin Cities Picture Show,” “Minnesota Goes to War” and “Twin Cities Album.” He also has chronicled the histories of significant Minnesota institutions including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Kevin Maijala, Manager of Curriculum Development and Teacher Education, has more than 15 years experience delivering and developing educational programs for K-12 teachers and students at the Minnesota Historical Society and at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Virginia. He has managed several Minnesota Historical Society sites including the Alexander Ramsey House and Historic Fort Snelling, and helped develop exhibits and programs at the Lower Sioux Agency and Charles Lindbergh Historic Site. He served on the
2011 Social Studies Standards committee and is co-editor of “Northern Lights,” the sixth grade social studies textbook and curriculum.

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Images

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Minnesota Historical Society Education: Images

Field trip at Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Field trip at Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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National History Day in Minnesota

National History Day in Minnesota

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History Live

History Live

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

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Boy "detonating" iron ore in the "Then Now Wow" mine at the Minnesota History Center

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Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit

Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity Kit

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Fur trade clerk George Nelson, History Player in the Classroom

Fur trade clerk George Nelson, History Player in the Classroom

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Teacher immersion workshop at Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Teacher immersion workshop at Oliver H. Kelley Farm

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Play the Past

Students use "Play the Past" mobile application in the "Then Now Wow" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center

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