For the first time, more than 500 artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum have left their legendary venue in Cooperstown, N. Y., and are traveling to the hometowns of fans across the nation. "Baseball As America" is the first major exhibit to examine the relationship between baseball and American culture. It will be on view at the Minnesota History Center from Nov. 24, 2006, through March 4, 2007.
Exhibit themes such as immigration and industrialization can be woven into class discussions about American society and culture. Students can learn how to heft a bat or throw a curve ball, but they'll also encounter key historical topics such as racial integration and technology.
New School Program at Jeffers Petroglyphs
Made in America: American Indian Technology
Experience a dynamic program that immerses students in Native American culture. Made in America was offered to several schools for a test run in September and it was a huge hit! Students visit hands-on stations: atlatl construction and throwing, flint knapping, cordage, pottery, and forging copper tools. Students bring home their own hand-made atlatl. To schedule, call 507-628-5591.
Registration Includes Evening Gala at History Center
Calling all social studies educators! You'll be seeing big changes at this year's MCSS conference--to be held at Mystic Lake Casino March 8-9, 2007. In addition to the new venue, this conference includes an exclusive gala at the Minnesota History Center. On Thursday evening, MCSS members will get to
- Visit world-class exhibits, with zero students to chaperone
- See a free performance of the popular "Making History with the President" theater show.
- Enjoy the cash bar and complimentary sandwich dinner
- Meet Doug Ohman, photographer of "Schoolhouses in Minnesota"
As always, the conference provides dynamic speakers, great networking, and classroom-ready breakouts. Early-bird registration is $175, which covers the two-day conference and provides you with a yearlong MCSS membership. See you in March!
LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND HISTORY DAY WORKSHOPS
The Ultimate Introductory Workshop (Dec. 11) is an opportunity for History Day teachers to receive advanced prep for this year's program. Recommended for teachers at all experience levels, the full-day workshop includes:
- Classroom strategies and materials
- Student research resources and topic ideas
- The new grad standards and assessments
- Live student performances
Are you new to History Day? Come to the special session for first-time teachers (8:30 to 9:00 a.m.)
Materials available for free or at reduced costs. Registration deadline: Dec. 4. $75. Contact Mollie Igo at 651-297-3870.
All remaining History Day workshops happen in December and January.
MINNESOTA HISTORY LESSON: TREATIES
Taking the important people and events from Northern Lights Chapter 6, "The Land Changes Hands" (and using the Minnesota Historical Society Photo and Art Database), I was able to create a hands on information sort for my students to use as a review of the information covered. It highlights 8 people or groups of people covered in Chapter 6: Zebulon Pike, Lawrence Taliaferro, Ojibwe, Dakota, George Bonga, Alexander Ramsey, Henry Hasting Sibley, and Stephen Riggs. If you are interested in an electronic copy, send me an email and I will be happy to share. firstname.lastname@example.org
--Jen Hansen, Grade 6, Willow Creek Intermediate, Owatonna
For more on this lesson, see the new blog for teachers using the Northern Lights Minnesota history curriculum.
Do you have a classroom idea you'd like to share with other educators? Please contact us with your idea. If your idea is chosen, we'll send you a free book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press.