History At Home: "Exploring History"
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
June 10 - "Viking Navigation" - No sunstone, a mythical tool that guided Viking seafaring, has ever been found on or near a Viking shipwreck, causing most historians to dismiss the idea of the sunstone as fiction. But others believe it’s possible that these crystals did guide Viking voyages. Learn more about sunstones and Viking navigation with the Legacy of the Lakes Museum.
June 17 - "Shopping Past & Present - Frontier Goods to War Rationing" - Did you know that yearly newspaper subscriptions were $1.50 a year in 1898? That in 1924, ham in Alexandria was 14 cents a pound? And that one whole chicken fed 80 students school lunch in 1940? Explore the history, services and prices local General Stores have been providing people for generations.
June 24 - "Finding Your Family History" - DNA? Genealogy websites? Oral histories? Memoirs? If you’re interested in discovering or recording your family’s history, but don’t know where to start, this is the class for you! DCHS wants to help you get the tools you need to explore your family’s history. This class assumes no prior knowledge and is meant to introduce participants to the vocabulary, resources, and strategies they may encounter as they begin their family history journey.
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.