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The Discover History Program is held in cooperation with the Albert Lea Area Schools. Mr. James Haney, High School
Humanities Instructor, coordinates the program along with the fifth grade teachers from Halverson, Hawthorne, Lakeview,
and Sibley Elementary Schools. Other participating schools include St. Theodore's, Glenville/Emmons and Alden/Conger.
With the assistance of Linda Evenson, Freeborn County Museum Librarian, and several community volunteers, they research
and develop a 45 minute presentation involving topics such as transportation, law enforcement, housing, religion and the
church, medicine, meeting places, agriculture, the general store, immigration, and railroads. The humanity students, working
in small groups, will then develop fifteen different presentations. While the high school students are doing their research and
preparing their presentation, the elementary students are also learning about Freeborn County in the early 1900s.
Before the elementary students come to the Freeborn County Historical Museum, their teachers will have divided them into
several groups. Each group will have the opportunity to learn from the high school students in five of the fifteen areas. These
groups or areas are assigned by the elementary teachers before the fifth grade students come to the museum. The high
school students give their presentations five times during the day. After the first presentation, there is a short break during
which suggestions are made to help the humanities students improve their presentations. It also provides a lavatory break
for the fifth grade students. At noon, the elementary students have an opportunity to interact with the high school students.
This is very rewarding for everyone.
Making candles for the church
As part of the presentations, the high school students, often provide opportunities for the fifth graders to participate in
different activities such as candle making, fingerprinting, sawing logs, making small tepees etc. There are also opportunities
to taste some foods of the period which the high school students have prepared either during their presentation or the night
before. This program has become one of the highlights of the year for both the humanities students and the fifth grade
students. It is a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone including the classroom teachers who learn something new
each time they attend.
Learning to plant seeds
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The Freeborn County Historical Museum is pleased to make this opportunity available for the students of Albert Lea and
Freeborn County. We would be happy to work with other area schools to implement this program for their students as well.
Freeborn County Historical Museum
|Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village
1031 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Museum & Library Open Year Round
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Village Open May - September
The Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village is proud to be part of Blue Star Museums, which gives us a chance to thank our military families
for their service and share with them America's cultural treasures. Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star
Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day
through Labor Day. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five
immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty
Reserve members. To find out which other museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.