MHS History Player In The Classroom AASLH1]

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Handout for 2008 AASLH Session:School Outreach Programs - Transforming the Field Trip

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MHS History Player In The Classroom AASLH1]

  1. 1. Minnesota History Center Museum History Player in the Classroom www.mnhs.org/HPIC The Minnesota Historical Society opened its flagship museum, the Minnesota History Center, in St. Paul in 1992. Building on the Society’s experience with various forms of live interpretation at 24 historic sites throughout the state, the History Center opened with an extensive menu of exhibit- based interpretive programs. History Players – costumed characters from Minnesota history portrayed by professional interpreters – quickly became a popular feature of the museum’s exhibits. Libraries, community centers and schools frequently called the History Center to see if these characters could travel off-site. After years of responding informally to these requests, the History Center launched an official outreach program, History Player in the Classroom (HPIC), in 2000. In each 50-minute HPIC program, costumed interpreters engage student and adult audiences in the stories of

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