Field Trips with the
Minnesota Historical Society
2009 – 2010
Lesson Connections Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4–5
Minnesota History Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6–7
Mill City Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8–9
Minnesota State Capitol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Oliver H. Kelley Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Sibley House Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Historic Fort Snelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Historic Forestville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
James J. Hill House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
North West Company Fur Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Forest History Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Split Rock Lighthouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post . . . . . . . . .15
Alexander Ramsey House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Jeffers Petroglyphs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Historic sites in greater Minnesota
Forest History Center Split Rock Lighthouse
Charles A. Lindbergh Mille Lacs Indian Museum
North West Company Fur Post
Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Historic sites in the Twin Cities metro
Mill City Museum State Capitol
Minnesota History Center
James J. Hill House
Alexander Ramsey House
Historic Fort Snelling
Sibley House Historic Site
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COveR: Minnesota History Center in St. Paul; BeLOW: Oliver H. Kelley Farm near elk River.
Help your class learn about the past—and how it relates to the
present—with field trips offered by the Minnesota Historical
society. These enriching educational programs offer students a
valuable perspective on history, at the places where it happened
and the museums where it is preserved.
Industry and Technology
Politics and Government
American Indian History
lessons to exhibits
The Fur Trade
and programs at
World War II
the History Center.
Benjamin Franklin exhibit ● ● ●
Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit ● ● ●
MN150 exhibit ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Open House exhibit ● ● ● ●
Packing an Immigrant’s Trunk ● ●
Dakota Children ● ●
Generations of an Ojibwe Family ● ● ●
Indians and the Fur Trade ● ● ●
Logging in Minnesota ● ●
Minnesota in the Civil War ● ● ●
Growing Up in the Great Depression ● ●
They Chose Minnesota ● ●
Rebuilding Shattered Lives ● ● ●
When I Was a Kid ● ● ●
I’ve Got An Idea! ● ●
Minnesota Invents ● ●
Maud Hart Lovelace ● ● ● ●
John Beargrease ● ●
Harriet Bishop ● ● ● ● ●
George Nelson ● ● ●
James Goodhue ● ● ●
Fannie Brin ● ● ●
Thomas Lyles ● ● ●
Frederick McKinley Jones ● ●
Introduction to History Day ●
Jump Start Your History Day Project ●
4 Library Matters ●
Industry and Technology
Politics and Government
American Indian History
lessons to Mill City
The Fur Trade
Museum and historic
World War II
Mill City Museum ● ● ● ● ●
Minnesota State Capitol ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
James J. Hill House ● ● ● ● ●
Oliver H. Kelley Farm ● ● ● ● ● ●
Alexander Ramsey House ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Sibley House Historic Site ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Historic Fort Snelling ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
North West Company Fur Post ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Split Rock Lighthouse ● ● ● ● ● ●
Forest History Center ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Jeffers Petroglyphs ● ● ● ●
Historic Forestville ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
FaQs How many chaperones please contact each site museums are popular
will I need? We recom- for more information. destinations for a variety
How do I sign up? mend one chaperone of student groups. Many
Register by phone. Or, per 5–7 students (grades What are the operating sites offer special home
save time and fill out a K–6), and one per 10 hours of your sites and school programs. www.
scheduling request form students (grades 7–12). museums? Hours of mnhs.org/homeschool
online. Once you fill out a operation vary and are
request form, our sched- How should I arrange subject to change. For How can I become a
uler will contact you with lunch? Lunchroom space updated hours, see member of the Minnesota
availability. www.mnhs. must be reserved in www.mnhs.org/visit or Historical Society?
org/fieldtriprequest advance. Only groups contact the site. Call 1-888-293-4440,
with scheduled, paid 651-259-3000 or visit
How much will my field trip activities may Do you offer field trips for www.mnhs.org/member.
field trip cost? reserve space free of homeschool groups and
History field trips range charge. Lunchroom after-school programs?
from $2 to $8 per visitor. spaces vary by site; Yes. Our sites and
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345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
located near the state Capitol in downtown
st. paul, the History Center features interactive
exhibits including “open House: if these walls
Could Talk” and “Mn150” and innovative school
programs. Visit www.mnhs.org/hcfieldtrips for a
complete list of exhibits and programs.
don’T Miss THese new exHibiTs
benjamin Franklin: in search of a better world
Grades K-12 • Open November 27, 2009 through July 4, 2010.
We know him as a founding father of our country, but Benjamin Franklin was
also a scientist, diplomat and entrepreneur. Your students will learn about
one of the most influential Americans of any generation in this exhibit, which
• Rarely seen Franklin possessions
• Displays on Franklin’s rebellious youth, inventions and civic activities
• “electricity Party” experiments room—a collaboration with
The Bakken Museum
• Activities related to Franklin’s achievements and interests, from printing
Minnesota’s greatest generation: The depression, the war, the boom
Grades K-12 • Now on view.
Your students can step into the lives of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation in this
new 6,000 square-foot exhibit. True stories from this amazing group of people
will take students through each era—and leave them inspired. Highlights
• A 1930s-style movie theater showing classic film clips
• A C-47 plane that re-creates a World War II combat flight
• An M-8 armored vehicle and a 1955 Ford sedan, both produced at the St.
Paul Ford plant
• A 1950s t.v. showroom playing programs of the time.
To book your field trip, call 651-259-3400 or fill out an online request form at www.mnhs.org/fieldtriprequest
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LeFT: Maud Hart Lovelace with students; BeLOW: The Grayhound bus in the MN150 exhibit.
The Museum-Plus Package includes one activity
listed to the left, plus a 50-minute classroom
lesson that brings students in contact with the real
stuff of history—documents, photos, objects and
more! Select a lesson below to enhance your trip.
Maximum 30 students per lesson.
$7 per student. Teachers/chaperones free. Visit
www.mnhs.org/hcfieldtrips for descriptions.
Grades K–3 NEW! I’ve Got An Idea!
Stories of Minnesota Inventors
Grades K–3 Dakota Children
Grades K–3 Packing An Immigrant’s Trunk
Grades K–3 When I Was A Kid
Grades 3–6 NEW! Growing Up in the Great
Grades 3–12 Indians And the Fur Trade
Grades 4–8 How Did You Think of That?
Grades 4–8 Logging In Minnesota
Grades 4–12 Minnesota In the Civil War
sTudenT Field Trips: MuseuM paCkage Grades 4–12 They Chose Minnesota
Select one of these activities to help your students Grades 5–12 Rebuilding Shattered Lives: The
examine artifacts and uncover stories in the History Refugee experience In Minnesota
Center’s exhibits. Grades 5–12 Generations of An Ojibwe Family
$5 per student. Teachers/chaperones free. Grades 6–12 Introduction to History Day
Grades 6–12 Jump Start Your History Day Project
explore Grades Pre–K, 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12 Grades 6–12 Library Matters
Students become “history detectives” and dig
deeper into exhibit themes and content when The History player’s dilemma
they answer questions using our explore booklets, Students step back in time to meet a costumed
customized for grade levels listed above. character from Minnesota’s past as they help solve
Grades Pre–K, 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12 Grades K–3 Maud Hart Lovelace (1892–1980)
While exploring the museum, each student seeks Children’s book author
out an object that is truly a “marvel” to him or Grades 1–4 John Beargrease (1858–1910)
her. Chaperones receive cameras to take photos Ojibwe mail carrier
of the students next to their favorite things, and Grades 3–6 Harriet Bishop (1817–1883)
students answer questions about their choices. Past St. Paul’s first public school teacher
participants have used the pages to make a class Grades 3–6 George Nelson (1786–1859)
book and to decorate school hallways. Fur trade clerk
Grades 3–6 NEW! Frederick McKinley Jones
now on display (1893–1961) African-American inventor
Grades Pre–K, 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12 of the refrigerated truck and more
Take on the role of an exhibit curator! Students Grades 5–8 James Goodhue (1810–1852)
receive a booklet to help them create their own editor of Minnesota’s first newspaper
museum. Using organizing themes, students explore Grades 5–8 Fanny Brin (1884–1961)
our exhibits to find items that will fit into a museum Civic leader and pacifist
of their own. History Day students can select a Grades 6–12 Thomas Lyles (1843–1920)
booklet with this year’s theme, “Innovation in African American community activist
History: Impact and Change”—a great way to get and entrepreneur
them started on their History Day projects.
Winter Discount! 10% off Museum-Plus Package in Dec/Jan/Feb
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704 South Second Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
an architectural masterpiece overlooking the
Mississippi, Mill City Museum has become a
downtown Minneapolis landmark. The museum,
built on the riverfront amid ruins of what was
once the world’s largest flour mill, is rich in his-
tory and right next to the new guthrie Theater.
Field Trips aT Mill CiTy MuseuM people
Our engaging field trips include the lesson of Students interact with History Players, costumed
your choice (40–50 minutes), a self-guided characters who bring Minnesota’s rich history to life.
scavenger hunt, the award-winning Flour Tower
show and the “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” berry wheat bop Grades K–3
movie starring local storyteller Kevin Kling. Through music, movement and interactive play,
students follow Berry Wheat on a journey from the
visits last approximately three hours. Groups are fields of a Bonanza farm to the mills of Minneapolis.
welcome to extend their stay by scheduling a Students learn the many steps needed to bring
25-minute lunch or by exploring the St. Anthony bread to their families.
Falls Historic District.
$6 per student. Teachers/chaperones free. bonanza Farm Grades 4–6
Students meet 1880s pioneer Mary Dodge Wood-
CHoose a lesson FroM one oF ward and learn what life was like on a 1,500-acre
THree THeMes: farm, using primary sources and artifacts. Using
People, Power or Flour. their research, student groups present a piece of
The Falls guy Grades 4–12
Austrian-born engineer William de la Barre engages
students in learning about what brought him to
Minneapolis, his lifelong career and the workings of
the Washburn A Mill.
’round The Mill Grades 4–12
Students bring the old Washburn A Mill back to life.
On this guided tour of the building, they’ll explore
artifacts and people who helped build Minneapolis
into the flour milling capital of the world!
Book Today! Call 612-341-7556, e-mail email@example.com or fill out an online request: www.mnhs.org/fieldtriprequest
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CLOCKWISe FROM LeFT: Mill City Museum’s hands-on exhibits; the restored Washburn A Mill;
students in the Baking Lab; the Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge.
Feel the power of High-quality flour produced by the Washburn
St. Anthony Falls. Crosby Mills influenced how the world ate. As stu-
These waters made dents bake, they explore different aspects of flour.
products used around
the world. In a water- Field to Table Grades K–3
lab lesson, students Students experience the journey of wheat from
use hands-on water tables to find out how people field to table, learning what’s involved with
changed the river to control and enhance its power. producing bread. Students bake biscuits from
scratch and examine artifacts.
The river That powered Minneapolis Grades K–3
Students discover the power that ran early indus- ethnic Cooking in Minnesota Grades 4–12
tries in Minneapolis. Hands-on water activities show Flour produced by the Washburn A Mill was
students how the Mississippi River and St. Anthony shipped all over the world. Students learn how flour
Falls influenced life in this newly developing city. and other foods affect the daily lives of people
from various cultures in Minnesota. Students make
The waterfall That boosted a City Grades 4–6 an ethnic recipe from scratch.
Students become boosters for the blossoming city
of Minneapolis in 1880. To do so, they must learn as kitchen Tested! Grades 6–12
much as they can about St. Anthony Falls, how the Beginning in the 1900s, test kitchens were an
Mississippi provided resources for Minneapolis and important part of the development and marketing
how the river was changed to create power. of food products. Participants in this lesson bake
chocolate chip cookies with varying ingredients,
then use their creativity to promote and “sell”
their cookie to the rest of the class. Only the best
and most trusted recipes wear the proud label
For pre-visit materials, downloadable scavenger hunts and sample itineraries, visit www.millcitymuseum.org.
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Minnesota state Capitol 651-296-2881
oliver H. kelley Farm 763-441-6896
Historic Fort snelling 612-726-1171
sibley House Historic site 651-452-1596
Call or fill out a request online: www.mnhs.org/fieldtriprequest.
MinnesoTa sTaTe CapiTol oliVer H. kelley FarM
From its grand stairs to its chambers, the Capitol At the Kelley Farm, students discover through hands-
always has something to see. All groups may take on activity what farming was like in the mid-1800s,
a 45-minute general tour free with reservations. and how agriculture impacts Minnesota today. Farm
Or, enrich your trip by signing up for a hands-on and domestic activities vary through the seasons.
education program. Legislators are notified for All programs are available year-round and can be
reserved student groups. adapted for specific educational objectives.
In St. Paul. Call 651-296-2881. In Elk River. Call 763-441-6896.
piece of the puzzle Ages 3–5 what is a Farm? Ages 3–5
Pre-schoolers learn the rhythm of architectural This multi-sensory program gives students a
designs and see the Capitol’s preservation as a chance to explore a real working farm. Learn first-
puzzle to solve. Tuesdays, June–Dec. $2 per student. hand what farmers did, where food came from and
art Treasures in the Capitol Ages 8 and up why animals lived on a farm. $5 per person.
Students search for art in the Capitol using a Family roles Grades 1–3
self-guided tour booklet, becoming junior art Through a variety of memorable farm and domestic
historians. $2 per booklet. chores, students learn how each family member
“rally ’round the Flag” Civil war Tour contributed to the farm’s success. $5 per person.
Grades 4–6 What was it like to be a Civil War Farm animals in the Making of Minnesota
soldier from Minnesota? Why is the Capitol a time Grades 3–4 Learn the integral role of farm animals
capsule of Civil War history? Students explore in early Minnesota agriculture. Through hands-on
these questions and more. $5 per person. activities students will discover how animals pro-
architecture adventure Grades 4–6 vided work, food, by-products and income for farm
Guided activities illustrate architectural features— families. $5 per person.
domes, arches and focal points—used by architect Farming in the Changing Community Grades 4–12
Cass Gilbert. $5 per person. Students explore the dramatic changes that
Taking an issue, Making a stand Grades 7–8 took place in mid-19th century agriculture. Learn
Students debate a real legislative issue, experience through participation how small towns and larger
a government lesson and conduct their own hearing. communities were tied to farms, and how changes
$5 per person. in livestock breeds, crop varieties and farm technol-
Voice of the people Grades 9–12 ogy affected community growth and success.
High school students see legislators in action. After $5 per person.
a guided government experience, students observe The Family Farm Homeschool Groups
an actual legislative hearing. Offered during legisla- Homeschool groups can help with planting,
tive sessions only. $5 per person. harvesting, cooking and many other farm activities.
This program stresses Minnesota’s agricultural tra-
ditions, such as food production and livestock care.
Designed for groups with a wide range of ages.
$5 per person (age 3 and under free).
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CLOCKWISe FROM FAR LeFT: Minnesota State Capitol rotunda; learning from an interpreter
at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm; Historic Fort Snelling; visitors at Sibley House Historic Site.
sibley House HisToriC siTe HisToriC ForT snelling
The town of Mendota was one Once the northernmost outpost of
of the most important places in the U.S. Army, this restored fortress
Minnesota in the 19th century. invites your students to the world
The center of the fur trade with of the 1820s and 30s. Built on bluffs,
the Dakota, Mendota was also the it was originally accessible only by
home of Henry Sibley, Minnesota’s water or forest trail. Today, costumed
first governor. guides demonstrate crafts and practice
In Mendota. Call 651-452-1596. military drills.
$4 per person. In St. Paul. Call 612-726-1171.
Grades K–12 enrich your lessons Fall and spring program:
with these interactive student activities: living History Tours Grades K–12
• experience the fur trade first-hand in our Meet costumed guides dressed as soldiers, laun-
cold store. dresses, fur traders and Selkirk settlers during this
• Tour the furnished homes of Sibley and fellow fur 90-minute tour. Students visit several of the fort’s
trader Jean-Baptiste Faribault. buildings, including the Commanding Officer’s
Quarters. Allow extra time to visit the store and
Sibley tours are the perfect complement to a archaeology exhibit, “History Under the Floor-
visit to Historic Fort Snelling. Book both sites boards.” Available September–Oct. and mid-April
and receive a discount! through mid-June. $5 per person.
Contact Historic Fort Snelling for field trips designed
just for you. www.mnhs.org/homeschool
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James J. Hill House 651-297-2555
Historic Forestville 507-765-2785
north west Company Fur post 320-629-6356
Forest History Center 218-327-4482
Call or fill out a request online: www.mnhs.org/fieldtriprequest.
HisToriC ForesTVille JaMes J. Hill House
A 19th-century town, Forestville changed dramati- Summit Avenue was St. Paul’s premiere address
cally when the railroad was built elsewhere, going when the massive, 36,000-square-foot Hill House
from a thriving rural trade center to a tight-knit was completed in 1891. Students tour four floors
agricultural community. Students are transported of this Gilded Age mansion filled with chandeliers,
back to 1899 where they will interact with cos- stained glass, carved woodwork and ingenious
tumed interpreters. mechanical systems that provided heat, power,
A picnic pavilion is located nearby within the park. water and security.
Near Preston, in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. On Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Call 651-297-2555 or
Call 507-765-2785. visit www.mnhs.org/hillhouse.
Family life Today and in the past Grades K–3 Hill House Tour Grades K–12
Students interact with residents of 1899 Forestville Students discover life in a Gilded Age mansion on
discovering the experiences of rural family life and these lively guided tours. Tailor the tour to suit your
how family members contributed to the livelihood class. Content, length and level can be adjusted to
of home and farm. Activities may include shopping, include family and servant life, architecture, interior
sawing wood, cooking, cleaning, caring for the design, James J. Hill and railroad development.
garden and chickens. Designed to meet Minnesota (Standard tours last 75 mins). $5 per person.
Social Studies and History standards. (Plan 1-1/2
hours on site). summit avenue walking Tour Grades 4–12
$4 per person explore the historic neighborhood surrounding
the Hill House on these 90-minute tours. Students
reshaping the nation and the emergence of learn about the leaders who built St. Paul and
Modern america 1877–1916 Grades 4–8 transformed the Northwest, Gilded Age archi-
Students will learn about the Industrial Revolution. tectural styles and ongoing preservation work.
Topics include immigration, growth of cities and The tour covers 1.5 miles on sidewalks on Summit
industries, mechanization’s effects on American Avenue and side streets, ending at the Cathedral.
farms/small towns, and the Progressive Movement. Hill House staff can also provide a step-on guide
Activities may include: operating modern farm for a 45-minute bus tour to explore the length of
implements, household gadgets and other timesav- Summit Avenue. $6 per person.
ers introduced during the era. Designed to meet
Minnesota Social Studies and History standards. Children’s workshop Grades 3–6
(Plan 1-1/2 hours on site). $4 per person Students engage in hands-on activities including
etiquette lessons, singing along with the restored
Mystery Cave Tours Joint tours of Historic pipe organ, a scavenger hunt and more! The 2.5-
Forestville and Mystery Cave are available. hour workshop includes a slide show on the Hill
Call 507-352-5111 for more information. family. $8 per person.
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LeFT TO RIGHT: Milking a cow at Historic Forestville; servants in the James J. Hill House kitchen;
trying on a jacket at the North West Company Fur Post; the bunkhouse at Forest History Center.
norTH wesT ForesT HisTory CenTer
CoMpany Immerse students in life at a historic logging camp.
Fur posT Students discover the human side of Minnesota’s
Take a trip into logging industry. Costumed interpreters, authentic
the world of British fur traders, voyageurs and the camp buildings and hands-on exhibits connect
Ojibwe, circa 1804. Near Pine City. Call 320-629-6356 people to the forest.
or 888-727-8386 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $5 Near Grand Rapids. Call 218-327-4482.
Museum exhibits Our newly updated exhibits
Grades K–12 Students enjoy: introduce students to forests of the past and today.
• A tour of the reconstructed Snake River Interactive displays include a timber harvester
trading post where living-history interpreters simulator, the dramatic multimedia production
bring the past to life. “Fire and the Forest” and the engaging “Discover
• voyageur and Ojibwe games. History” game.
• Demonstrations of fire-building with
flint and steel. interactive lessons
• Making a “sac au feu” (cloth pouch) to take home. When you book your field trip, choose between the
following two hands-on lessons:
Winter school programs also may include snow-
shoeing, maple sugaring, Ojibwe storytelling and logging Camp discovery Tour Grades K–12
winter games. Students explore Northwoods Number 1, a re-
created 1900 logging camp. Discover the camp
The site features: through the eyes of the camp clerk, cook, filer, barn
• Picnic facilities, weather permitting. boss, blacksmith, “river pig” and anyone else in
• Heritage Trails that wind along 1.5 miles of camp that day. $5 per person.
nature trails with interpretive markers detailing
fur trade history. Forest adventures nature program Grades 4–6
• A visitor Center with exhibits that explore the This newly developed program takes students into
fur trade and a Museum Shop featuring a variety the woods for an intense, hands-on experience.
of unique gifts and educational materials. Designed to meet Minnesota academic standards,
each activity suits its grade level—Squirrel’s World
(4th grade), The White Tail Trail (5th grade) and
Cruising Giants (6th grade). Interactive, structured
activities challenge students to build on what they
have learned in the classroom. $5 per person.
Sponsored by UPM Blandin Paper Mill.
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Charles a. lindbergh Historic site 320-616-5421
split rock lighthouse 218-226-6372
Mille lacs indian Museum
and Trading post 320-532-3632
alexander ramsey House 651-296-8760
Jeffers petroglyphs 507-628-5591
CHarles a. lindbergH
The boyhood home of Charles A. Lindbergh is
the setting for hands-on programs exploring his
impact on world history and his relevance today. a boy’s life Grades K–3
All programs listed have been created around Discover what it was like to be a child growing up
State of Minnesota academic standards. Groups in the house Lindbergh called home. Using hands-
can bring lunch and picnic at the State Park shelter on experiences and stories from his life, children
across from the historic site. Two hours are recom- share in the chores and responsibilities Lindbergh
mended for a site visit; field trip program lengths had as a young boy. (40 minutes)
vary between 20 and 40 minutes (see below).
In Little Falls. Call 320-616-5421. Reservations contact: a boy’s life Grades 4–8
Melissa Peterson, 320-616-5421. $5 per person/One Learn about what it was like to be a young boy
free teacher/chaperone for every 10 children. who had to run a farming operation during the
First World War, as Lindbergh did. Using hands-on
under the lone eagle’s wing Grades K–3 activities and stories from his life, students experi-
Children learn about Charles Lindbergh’s historic ence the chores and responsibilities Lindbergh had
non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927, using as a young boy. (40 minutes)
a cockpit mockup. Learn about the airplane
Lindbergh helped design, the route of the trip, dead reckoning Grades 4–8
Lindbergh’s experiences, the result of the flight, Learn about Charles Lindbergh’s famous trans-
and its relevance to today’s aviation. (20 minutes) Atlantic flight, and the navigation method he used
to fly from New York to Paris. Topics include flight
same or different Grades K–3 preparations, the airplane The Spirit of St. Louis,
Learn about Lindbergh’s world in the year 1918 and and how to use “dead reckoning” navigation, using
the differences between events, places, and objects time, coordinates, and instruments. Students can
of the time and those of today. Students can handle even “fly” a wheeled mockup of Lindbergh’s plane.
many items to gain a tangible sense of history, and (40 minutes)
see a short film showing connections between past
and present. (20 minutes) wpa: History where it Happened Grades 4–8
Children learn how to conduct primary research
using documents from the 1930’s to find out about
the Works Progress Administration’s role in creat-
ing Lindbergh State Park and restoring Charles
Lindbergh’s boyhood home during the Great
Depression. (40 minutes)
Call today or fill out an online request: www.mnhs.org/fieldtriprequest
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LeFT TO RIGHT: WPA reenactment at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site; the trading
post at Mille Lacs Indian Museum; a horse-shaped rock carving at Jeffers Petroglyphs.
Grades K–12 Incorporating multiple senses and
multiple disciplines – including history, anthropol-
Mille laCs indian MuseuM and ogy, archaeology, biology, astronomy and geology
Trading posT – these school programs meet Minnesota State
Grades K–12 A visit to the Trading Post reveals Academic Standards in science and humanities.
business life at Mille Lacs in the 1930s. Students Many are available as outreach programs, as well.
tour the Four Seasons Room, a life-sized diorama Near Comfrey. Call 507-628-5591. $4 per person.
depicting traditional Ojibwe life and explore
exhibits to learn about contemporary Ojibwe life. basic school program K–8
Storytelling at schools, activities, demonstrations Students learn about American Indian culture
and workshops are available year round. as they create a wintercount (recording history
Near Onamia. Call 320-532-3632. $5 per person. through pictures), try out the atlatl (spear-thrower),
role play in costume and pack a travois. They
spliT roCk ligHTHouse explore the site, which features over 300 prairie
Grades K–12 A visit to Minnesota’s most recog- plant species—many rare and endangered, and
nized landmark challenges students to learn about American Indian petroglyphs, or carvings in stone,
navigation, geography, science and technology. some of which date back 7,000 years.
Students also explore the industries vital to this
area—iron ore, fishing and tourism. Optional Activities (elective replacements or addi-
Near Two Harbors. Call 218-226-6372. $5 per person. tions to the basic program offerings):
• American Indian games
alexander raMsey House • Flintknapping (arrowhead making)
Grades K–12 Transport students back to 1875 • Cordage (string making)
with tours of one of the nation’s best-preserved • Prairie scavenger hunt • Prairie animals
victorian homes, led by costumed guides. Students • Archaeology • Geology • Astronomy
hear stories about the lives of families and servants
based on actual letters, diaries and photographs. survivor: 7000 b.p. Grades 5–12
With advance notice, tours can include specialized Students travel through time investigating how the
information such as Minnesota history, politics, indigenous people of southern Minnesota survived
or interior design of this era. Pre-visit materials the ever-changing climates of the past 7,000
are available on our website at www.mnhs.org/ years. They examine tools and other innovations
ramseyhouse. from each major time period defined by climate
In St. Paul. Call 651-296-8760. $5 per person, change—Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mis-
one free teacher/chaperone for every 15 students. sissippian. Finally, students play a “Survivor” game,
answering questions about information learned in
the program. (1 1/2 hours)
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CLOCKWISe FROM UPPeR LeFT: Students feel and hear a simulated tornado at the History Center; the Forest History Center’s floating cook shack; trying on the past at the History Center; a real root cellar at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm;
Mill City Museum makes learning fun; art program at the History Center.
Field Trip ideas
• Pre-visit: Check our web site for pre-visit activities—
• extra Credit: Have students visit a site and write about it.
• Fundraising: Write a letter to a local business asking for