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

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Release dated: 
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


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.