History Matters Day at the State Capitol
Mark your calendars! On February 16th, 2009 from 10:30-2:30 p.m. the Minnesota Historical Society will host their annual History Matters Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Come down for a free, fun, and enjoyable celebration of the work and outreach that the Minnesota Historical Society does as a leading cultural and historical institution in Minnesota. Meet legislators, tour the Capitol, attend a noon rally, view historical artifacts, and even make your own stovepipe hat! FREE parking and transportation is available at the Minnesota History Center. For more information about these events, call Matt Hill at 651-259-3428.
Free trips to the Alexander Ramsey House
Thanks to the generosity of the Alexander Ramsey House Board of Governors, this historic site can offer free admission for K-12 students and subsidize the cost of bussing for eligible St. Paul Public Schools and St. Paul Public Charter Schools. Students will meet costumed tour guides that will talk about Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his role as a prominent Minnesota politician in the second half of the 19th century. Hear stories about the lives of servants and learn about the newest technologies of the Victorian era.
For more details or to make a reservation please call 651-296-8760.
New School Outreach Program at Jeffers Petroglyphs
Students will travel through time to learn how Early Indian People living in Southern Minnesota were able to endure environmental changes by developing ways to adapt in order to survive and also how the carvings at the Jeffers Petroglyphs relate to their ways of life. Students will examine and handle important (reproduction) tools and other items illuminating the technological and other cultural innovations that people developed and used during five time periods. To aid in discovery and learning, students will be guided by professional staff through questions designed to engage the students in there travel through 7000 years of history. This program correlates with State Social Studies and Science standards and can be tailored to specific levels and time available.
For more information, contact Pam Jensen at 507-628-5591.
Take A look inside the Minnesota History Center
Looking for a unique way to teach students about how history is made? Check out our Collections Podcasts which highlight pieces in our collections and reveal how museums are run. Topics of these video podcasts vary from streetcars in Minneapolis and Saint Paul to the 1892 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis to storage of our vast collections. These 3 to 6 minute videos are a great way to show students inside the Minnesota History Center and expose them to the business of keeping and preserving history. Check out more on our Collections Up Close: Podcast and Blog.
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