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