History At Home: "Local Legends"
Adult / Enrichment -
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
May 6 - "Gar Wood" - Inventor of the hydraulic lift and the first man to go over 100 mph on water, Gar Wood is an American icon. Known for his motorboat racing and Gar Wood boats, Wood began his boat career working on a ferry with his father on Lake Osakis. Join the Legacy of the Lakes Museum as we go through the life and successes of local legend Garfield Arthur Wood.
May 13 - "Phil Noonan: Bridging East and West Alexandria" - You’ve probably heard the name “Noonan” around Douglas County. There’s Noonan Park, with its pond named “Lake Phil-Up.” There’s the Noonan Addition, a set of homes on the eastern side of Alexandria. How much do you know about the man behind the name? Discover your local history alongside DCHS as we explore how Phil Noonan’s response to evolving industry, the Depression, and his own philanthropic projects changed the shape of Alexandria.
May 20 - "Biography of the One Room Schoolhouse" - What was it like to walk to school with your teacher, eat a syrup pail lunch, have a desk mate or haul water to the schoolhouse from the neighboring farm? Find out with a deep dive into the history of the 1885 Moe Township Schoolhouse that is now located at the Runestone Museum.
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.