Innovative Minnesota "History Live" Program Wins National Award

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September 19, 2012

Innovative Minnesota "History Live" Program Wins National Award

For the second year in a row, "History Live," a hands-on, high-energy learning program developed by the Minnesota Historical Society, earned a coveted Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).

The award is based on feedback from teachers who have used interactive video conferencing programs in their classrooms. On its program evaluations, "History Live" scored 2.95 out of a possible 3.0. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program.

"We're delighted to accept this Pinnacle award. It shows that "History Live" is striking an important balance: delivering the content teachers want while engaging students and getting them excited about learning," said Wendy Jones, Head of Education Programs at the Minnesota History Center.

"History Live," based out of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, beams live, active lessons about important chapters in Minnesota history into classrooms across the state using video conferencing technology.

Museum educators portray historical characters who guide students through lively, in-depth lessons. Students analyze historical objects, photos and documents, and also get out of their seats to role play.

“Because the Pinnacle is based on direct input from teachers who have experienced the programs first hand, it is highly credible,” said John Ittlelson, CILC board member and professor emeritus at Cal State University Monterey Bay. “When teachers are choosing content to use in their own classrooms, the Pinnacle designation is a helpful tool to aid in the selection process.

"History Live" is 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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The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.