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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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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

Pirates (of a sort), History and Splashing Around

April 14-16

Is there a better way to start a week of school than with a series of drawings thanks to Art for Kids (link on right)? I know I am repetitive but CHECK THEM OUT. Their instructions are wonderful!

They really do work for all ages!

They really do work for all ages!

We also had an Easter story to enjoy.101_6914

With out basic school day out of the way the sunshine called us outside. Time to break out the Big Wheel and bikes and the funky skateboards.101_6916

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Tuesday marked our second trip back to the Minnesota History Center (MHC). This time we had a longer span of time to enjoy and a plan to go to all the places we had not seen on our previous visit. All on our new family pass to the historical places in Minnesota.101_6926

101_6927101_6928There was lots to see and we were able to time our travels around the areas away from the school groups that were also there. I took the twins in for the Tornado demonstration. It was louder and a bit scarier than I thought it would be but they now REALLY know what to do in case of a tornado.101_6930

101_6933We spent the most time in the house that is set up so you can walk through and get a taste of each family that lived in that house from when it was built until more recent time when it was put up in the center.101_6949

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Creepy eyes on these ones!

Creepy eyes on these ones!

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101_6961The afternoon was quiet but Gavin did sneak out to work on his skateboarding skills while Echo worked with some flashcards.101_6983

101_6982With a wonderful field trip under out belt I think everyone was upset to see that winter had snuck back in with more snow!

From this...

From this…

To this in the night!

To this in the night!

With a day indoors we once again attempted our yarn wrapped eggs craft… there HAS to be a trick we don’t know about… our results simply are not right!101_6990

101_6991With Nana and Baba back I was able to join Ken and see all 3 boys in their swimming lessons! So much fun!!! This is Emanuel’s first lessons and the twins’ second. It is so exciting to see them work on this milestone all on their own.101_6997

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