It's Cold Out There...

Warm up with some great ideas from the Wisconsin Historical Society! Check out this issue for information on Black History celebrations, new Native Nations education materials, National History Day, Wisconsin 101 and more!

Hands-On History! Bringing Museum Education to You!
There's still time to sign up this spring for Hands-On History! Bring object-based education to your classroom through engaging activities, stimulating conversations, and interactive lessons. Choose from one of four kits: Archaeology, Historic Jobs, Historic Journeys, or First Peoples and the Fur Trade.
Black History Celebrations

Madison’s longest-running all-ages open mic returns to the Wisconsin Historical Society HQ with a special Black History Month theme. Share space, enjoy art, and perform in a welcoming and supportive community atmosphere.

What's New At Old World Wisconsin?

Old World Wisconsin is currently in the process of creating new school programs for grades 8-12 that will COME TO YOU. As we develop them we are thinking about how our professional museum staff can bring you an experience that is rooted in critical thinking, aligns with current standards, and uses game play and creativity to help students understand that our shared history is THEIR story.

Follow the link below to a survey that will help us gather YOUR feedback. We’d love to learn more about your classes. If you'd like to be a part of our Advisory Team you can share your contact info at the end. The Advisory Team educators will meet with us and also be part of the FREE program pilot later this spring. - Anna Hope-Altschwager, Guest Experience

An Interview with Andrew Wells of Wisconsin 101

Tell us about yourself:

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in the Educational Studies and History departments. I'm also a former history teacher! My wife and I really enjoy Madison, even though we moved from North Carolina and are still acclimating to the cold.

What do you enjoy about your work?

Ever since my undergraduate days I have been really interested in public history. I love working with Wisconsin 101 because not only is the project intended for a public audience, but it is crowd sourced. I've been able learn a lot about the state of Wisconsin and meet and work with some really interesting people along the way.

Anything exciting coming up?

We have worked really hard to revamp Wisconsin 101 to engage a new audience: K-12 teachers and students. I'm excited to get our resources in the hands of teachers and to see students creating new object histories that can be published online. I think this is a great way for teachers to have students experience object-based learning with an authentic audience.
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