Klobuchar, Franken Announce $225,000 Grant Awarded to the Minnesota Historical Society to Support the Effective Use of Digitized Primary Sources in K-12 Classes

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Release dated: 
July 29, 2016
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Klobuchar, Franken Announce $225,000 Grant Awarded to the Minnesota Historical Society to Support the Effective Use of Digitized Primary Sources in K-12 Classes

The Minnesota Historical Society was one of twenty-one organizations selected by the Library of Congress to receive the grant to develop teaching resources and professional development opportunities

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to be awarded a $225,000 grant to support the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classes. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced the grant today.

The Minnesota Historical Society was one of twenty-one organizations selected by the Library of Congress to receive the grant to develop teaching resources and professional development opportunities.

“For over a century, the Minnesota Historical Society has worked to educate the citizens of our state,” Klobuchar said. “This investment will support the professional development of educators and develop teaching resources that will help this important organization continue to create possibilities for generations of Minnesotans and greatly benefit our workforce.”

“Having the right tools and technology to learn is critical to a student's education,” Franken said. “I’m pleased that the Minnesota Historical Society will receive this new funding, which will improve how digital primary sources are utilized in our schools and help students in Minnesota develop a stronger understanding of history.”

The Teaching with Primary Sources program is the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. The goal of the program is to provide professional development for teachers focused on enhancing their ability to embed digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into inquiry-based instruction that builds student literacy, critical thinking skills and content knowledge.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS 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, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.
 
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