History At Home: "A Woman's Place"
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
"A Woman's Place"
August 5 - "Theresa Hicks: Mother of Alexandria" - Meet Theresa Hicks, the woman who laid many of the foundations of Alexandria while deaf, partially blind, widowed, and managing her own family in the quickly growing village of Alexandria, Minnesota. DCHS will reveal the interesting life of Mrs. Hicks, whose early commitment to making Alexandria a place for families is still very evident today.
August 19 - "Women on the Frontier" - Often left out of official documentation, women have nearly always made up 50% or more of the population in the territory we call Minnesota. Using diaries, letters and other firsthand accounts, we will focus mainly on European female life in rural Minnesota in the 1800s.
August 26 - "Female Racers of the 20th Century" - Women have been revving engines since motor racing began. Cars, planes, and boats are great equalizers when it comes for the thirst for speed. Women like Joe Carstairs and Delphine Dodge lived unconventional lives for their time, but made their mark on history. Legacy of the Lakes Museum will take a look at some of the pioneering women who made an impact on motorboat racing and the lives they lived.
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.