History At Home: "One Shoe, Canoes & A Stagecoach Too"
Adult / Local Interest -
Adult Fall 2020 - Summer 2021
Alexandria Public Schools Community Education is partnering with Douglas County Historical Society, The Runestone Museum, and the Legacy of the Lakes Museum to present
History At Home
"One Shoe, Canoes & A Stagecoach Too"
Like social media, the industrialization of transportation changed and shaped how we communicate and interact with each other, both as communities and as individuals. Railroads and automobiles took Americans away from foot travel and canoe transport, effectively changing national consciousness.
Jan. 7 - "One Shoe: The original mode of transportation - foot travel!" - We've all heard the stories, "uphill both ways during a blizzard", but what was it really like? Walking used to be an everyday part of life, from mailing a letter to going fishing - learn more about early local foot travel with host Amanda Seim (Executive Director of the Runestone Museum Foundation).
Jan. 14 - "Canoes: Minnesota's earliest roads were waterways!" - Before highway mile markers, travelers used to measure their trip by portages - where they had to carry their canoes and packs over land to the next river or lake. Join host Kaci Johnson (Director of Communications and Programming at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum) and Amanda Seim as we explore what travel was like on the water.
Jan. 21 - "A Stagecoach Too: The unglamorous experience of early road travel!" - Discover what it was like to journey by stagecoach in the early days of Minnesota road travel. Join hosts Amanda Seim and Brittany Johnson (Director of the Douglas County Historical Society) as they paint a picture of what it was like to travel by stagecoach as well as what it took to operate a stagecoach stop.
You may register for the 3-Session Series or an individual session within this series. If you are a member of any of the partnering museums listed below, please note that you have a reduced individual session price available.
Join us online! This class will be held using the online platform, Zoom. Prior to the class, you will receive an email with the Zoom invitation to access the class. Simply click the link on the day and time of the class and enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
Director, Douglas County Historical Society
Born in Alexandria and educated at Brandon-Evansville High School, Brittany Johnson is a Douglas County native excited to share local history. After graduating from Carleton College with a BA in US History, Brittany returned to Alexandria and was blessed to take over as director at the Douglas County Historical Society. You can find her there most days fawning over vintage photographs and postcards or planning the next fun event.
Kaci Johnson is the Director of Communications and Programming at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Norwegian from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s Degree in History, Public History emphasis, from North Dakota State University. She previously worked as Curator at Cass County Historical Society-Bonanzaville in Fargo, ND and was the interim site manager of the historic Comstock House in Moorhead, MN, totaling over 6 years of museum experience.
Amanda Seim is the Executive Director of the Runestone Museum. With a degree in Anthropology and previous museum and archaeological experience, she has a passion for developing educational programming and creating exciting exhibits for the museum.