History At Home: "Secrets of the Past"
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
"Secrets of the Past"
July 15 - "Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition in Douglas County" - A century ago, the United States was just two years into the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition - but some places in Douglas County had already banned liquor more than a decade earlier. Secret stills, stranded bootleggers, and saloon raids abound! Join DCHS as we uncover the surprising stories of alcohol and temperance in Douglas County.
July 22 - "Minnesota and the Ice Age" - Discover the secrets of our past here in rural Minnesota. For example, you’ve probably heard of Lake Agassiz, but did you know there was also a Glacial Lake Pelican? Find out more revealing information as we discuss the Ice Age in Minnesota.
July 29 - "Rum Running" - Though the phrases are often used interchangeably, rum running refers to bootlegging that occurs on water. Learn about the notorious practice of smuggling alcohol through the water during prohibition with Legacy of the Lakes 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.