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Field Trips

History Player in the Classroom

A History Player visit to your classroom (grades K–8) is a great alternative to field trips. Using props and artifacts, costumed History Players engage students in memorable life stories during a lively 45-minute presentation. 

Field Trip Options

Joseph Farr

1832-1910
Station Master on the Underground Railroad
 
Imagine what it was like to be a slave…to seek freedom…to set others free! Joseph Farr will help your students consider:
  • The conditions in which enslaved people lived and their efforts to escape
  • The factors that motivated Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation
  • The Proclamation’s legacy over the past 150 years
  • The future of race relations, equality, and opportunity in Minnesota and the nation
  • What it takes to become an agent for positive change  
 

SCHEDULING 

  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.
    NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.
 
This program is presented by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Funding provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation.
Grades: 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

Harriet Bishop

St Paul's first public school teacher

1817-1883

Show your students how their classroom compares to Bishop’s. They’ll learn about:

  • The role of women on the American frontier
  • The differences and similarities between school then and now
  • The diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota’s territorial years
  • The mid-19th century experience of leaving one’s home behind to move to a new territory

More about Harriet Bishop's History Player in the Classroom

Northern Lights connection: Chapters 6 & 7

SCHEDULING 

  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.

NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

Frederick McKinley Jones

African American inventor and self-taught engineer

1892-1961
 

Jones, the inventor of refrigerated trucking, will leave your group with some big ideas. They'll hear:

  • How Jones, although orphaned, became a highly influential engineer
  • What it was like to be alive when cars, radios, and movies were first introduced
  • How Jones's many inventions - from a portable x-ray machine to a movie ticket dispenser - reflected changes in American society.
  • The impact of Jones's innovations on industry, the home, battlefield, and even outer space.

More about the Frederick McKinley Jones History Player

Northern Lights Connections: Chapters 10, 17, 18, & 19

SCHEDULING

  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.

NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

Maud Hart Lovelace

Author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children's books

1892-1980
 

When students meet Maud Hart Lovelace, they will learn about:

  • What it was like to grow up in Minnesota 100 years ago
  • How Lovelace's friends and family helped her pursue her dream of being a writer
  • The rise of the middle class and how technology changed everyday life in the early 1900s

Northern Lights connections: Chapters 12 & 14

More about the Maud Hart Lovelace History Player

SCHEDULING

  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.

NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

George Nelson

Fur Trade Clerk

1786-1859

Your fur trade lessons will come alive when students learn about:

  • Nelson's life as a fur trade clerk for the XY, North West and Hudson Bay companies
  • The roles of traders, clerks, voyageurs and Indian suppliers in the Great Lakes fur trade
  • The cultural and economic exchange between the Dakota, Ojibwe and Europeans
  • Trade goods from around the world and their value in beaver pelts

More about the George Nelson History Player

Northern Lights connections: Chapter 5

SCHEDULING
  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.
NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.
Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

Charley Goddard

Teenage Civil War soldier 

1846-1868

What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War? Your group will learn about: 
 
• Goddard’s childhood in the frontier town of Winona, Minnesota
• Tensions leading to the start of the Civil War in 1861
• Goddard’s experiences on and off the battlefield, told through his many letters home
• The impact of the Civil War, both nationally and in Minnesota

More about the Charley Goddard History Player

Northern Lights Chapter 8

SCHEDULING
  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.
NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation

Toni Stone

First Woman to Play Baseball in the Negro Leagues

1921–1996

Stone overcame discrimination and made history. Your students will learn about: • Growing up in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood during the Great Depression • How WWII opened doors for women in the workforce • The gender and racial segregation of baseball and how players like Jackie Robinson and Toni Stone overcame those barriers  • The challenges Negro League baseball players faced on the road in the 1940s and 50s

 

More about the Toni Stone History Player

SCHEDULING 

  • Fill out this online form to request a History Player.

NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. Additional fees for mileage and lodging reimbursement may apply to travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Details: 45 minutes Cost: $150 for 1 presentation