History At Home: "Keeping History Alive"
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
"Keeping History Alive"
Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm
Feb. 4 - "What To Do When You Find an Artifact" - You’ve come across old bones or you found an arrowhead on a hike—now what? Join Runestone Museum Director, Amanda Seim, to learn what you should do if you come across historical artifacts, whether it be on or off your property. What do you report and what do you leave be? Are there items you can keep? Learn more and become a confident and responsible steward of history!
Feb. 11 - "Preserving Your Treasures at Home" - There are many things that can cause some of our more precious items to deteriorate faster than we would like. Join Legacy of the Lakes Museum's Kaci Johnson as she explains agents of deterioration and how best to protect and preserve the historical treasures in your home. From photographs to textiles, she'll give tips and tricks to help your items last for future generations to enjoy.
Feb. 18 - "How to Record Your Family's Oral Histories" - You know you want to save a relative’s stories before they’re gone, but where do you even begin? We have good news! ANYONE can make an impactful Oral History that will save precious memories for generations to come. In this program hosted by Brittany Johnson (Director of the Douglas County Historical Society), we will cover a Beginner’s best practices for recording oral histories, how to encourage good storytelling through good listening, what questions to ask, and how to healthily and constructively move through difficult moments.
Feb. 25 - "How to Preserve Your Own Self-History" - Do you have experiences, memories, or observations you want to leave for your descendants? Or are you looking to leave behind a record of your life for future historians? Trying to find a place to start can be a daunting task – but the folks from the Douglas County Historical Society are here to help. This virtual presentation and discussion will give you the tools you need to begin recording your history today so your story can be told for generations to come.
You may register for the 4-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.