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Introducing Sean to Some Minnesota History

We had a few hours free and the need to show our Canadian visitor Uncle Sean a little Minnesota history… what better place than the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul? HERE

We have our teacher’s membership (totally an awesome deal… you get a discount on the year and access to so many great educational venues) renewed so we were good to go. The drive wasn’t overly long and the weather absolutely beautiful! DSCN1107

DSCN1109There was so much to see (and photograph) so I indulged. Right in the center of a rather impressive set of staircase is the replica of an old wooden flyer – a Jennie. 

This model took 10 yrs to create.

This model took 10 yrs to create.

Then there were the different sections of the museum itself to enjoy. We did not visit all of them but managed to take in quite a bit. Sean was especially interested in the war era section complete with videos, a malt shop and more. 

Behind the counter

Behind the counter

Do my kids even truly understand what this is???

Do my kids even truly understand what this is???

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A very simple pinball game.

A very simple pinball game.

What songs were popular back then?

What songs were popular back then?

Of course we checked out the weather area so that Sean could see the tornado video that freaked out the twins a year or two ago.DSCN1069

How dare I interrupt their reading???

How dare I interrupt their reading???

Learning about how to ready wild rice eat.

Learning about how to ready wild rice eat.

And we ran through the grainery, the section on settler life and the area on the native american roots. 

Finally tall enough to play in the whole area!

Finally tall enough to play in the whole area!

DSCN1073I was absolutely thrilled that we managed to not miss the very impressive Hmong exhibit. This is a special exhibit that is only in place for a limited time and I was rather concerned we would miss it. I absolutely loved the colours in the traditional clothing… I am absolutely committed to covering the Hmong people and their history and reasons for coming to Minnesota next year. I think it will be a great experience for all of us. DSCN1084

Cherished items brought to Minnesota.

Cherished items brought to Minnesota.

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So sit back and enjoy the rest of the images. All in all a GREAT outing… I think we all learned something new. 

Part of "The Greatest Generation" display.

Part of “The Greatest Generation” display.

I used to collect Betty Boop items myself!

I used to collect Betty Boop items myself!

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Echo was pro at assembling artillery shells.

Echo was pro at assembling artillery shells.

I found this an interesting artifact... a medal for a large family...

I found this an interesting artifact… a medal for a large family…

Retro... but yet... popular recently too!

Retro… but yet… popular recently too!

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Waving good-bye before she "boards the plane".

Waving good-bye before she “boards the plane”.

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Victory undergarments... these made me giggle. They were designed the year BEFORE the USA went to war.

Victory undergarments… these made me giggle. They were designed the year BEFORE the USA went to war.

Can you lift a pack half the weight of what someone could carry in one pack on a hunting expedition? Echo can't ... it weighed more than her!

Can you lift a pack half the weight of what someone could carry in one pack on a hunting expedition? Echo can’t … it weighed more than her!

Creating a pattern.

Creating a pattern.

Learning about the fur trade.

Learning about the fur trade.

We listened to part of the video about the schools the native children were sent to... such a weird image... our kids who have their right to whatever education I chose for them and the children who had no choice.

We listened to part of the video about the schools the native children were sent to… such a weird image… our kids who have their right to whatever education I chose for them and the children who had no choice.

Airport seating hasn't changed much has it?

Airport seating hasn’t changed much has it?

And now for the rest of my Hmong images:DSCN1093

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Such a wonderful day!DSCN1106

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Where were you in 2007? This bridge collapse in Minnesota will always stick in our minds… Ken’s folks drove that bridge the morning it fell and dear friends would have been on it at the time of collapse if not for a dr’s appointment! HEREDSCN1076

Minnesota… a Study

We had planned on this unit months ago but time just kept getting away from us. But we persevered and got around to getting some facts straight and seeing some of the interesting bits of the state we now call home. We now know that St. Paul is the capital, that there are like a 100 species of fish in our lakes AND that calcium based products have always played a role of importance around here. But anyway, to share the resources…

Our Books!

  • 1 2 3 Minnesota by Puck HERE
  • Minnesota by AV2 (an enhanced book) HERE
  • I Spy with My Little Eye Minnesota by Kathy-Jo and Ed Wargin HERE
  • Hooray for Minnesota Lakes! by Paul Lowrie and Bret Nicholaus HERE
  • Minnesota Facts and Symbols by Bill McAuliffe HERE
  • Welcome to the U.S.A. Minnesota by Ann Heinrichs HERE
  • From Sea to Shining Sea Minnesota by Judy L. Hasday HERE
  • Minnesota by Amy Van Zee HERE
  • Minnesota by Niels R. Jensen HERE
  • Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United States by Judy Bock and Rachel Kranz HERE

Our Lapbook!

  • Mini-State Lapbook Minnesota found on Currclick HERE

Printables!

  • State Study Notebooking pages FREEBIE! We used page 2 HERE by Notebooking Nook

When we couldn’t focus on our studies on Minnesota directly each morning I had the boys search through the above books and find facts about the state to write on their own piece of lined paper that will be included in the lapbook as well. We read the 1-2-3 book and Hooray for Minnesota Lakes! together as a family and drew pictures of our favourite parts.101_5426

Spring is Here To Stay… I Think?

Ok now I am just enjoying the warm weather… so pictures galore!

But first… SNOOPY!

Spin baby spin

St. Paul

Such beautiful colour

First bikes of the year

Bubbles

9 years old now!

Gavin

And the stroller is out

Cozy Coup

Zander

Love love love the hair

Resting

Peek

Our amazing twins