History At Home: "March Past"
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
Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm
March 11 - "How Our Places Were Named" - “Ada is taken? Let’s go with Forada, since it’s for my wife.”
Ever wonder how the places around Douglas County were named? Local places were named from a variety of sources – Native American names, settler names, some as memorials, some as rewards. This presentation will guide you through the history and stories behind some of the most recognizable names and places you encounter every day.
March 18 - "From Bloomers to Bikinis: A Brief History of Beachwear"
In just 50 years, beachwear moved from full bloomer costumes to bikinis. Learn about the evolution, the scandals, and the influences that brought our swimwear into the 21st century.
You may register for the 2-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.