Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Interactive Video Conferencing

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Project Overview

Interactive Video Conferencing, is a program created by the Minnesota Historical Society to provide interactive educational experiences for fourth through sixth grade students using new video-conferencing capabilities.

Three programs, including one featuring Harriet Bishop, the first schoolteacher in St. Paul, allow students to stay in their classroom while role playing, interacting in real-time with historical characters and participating in related activities.

The test programs, which were piloted in schools in six counties throughout Minnesota, reached 1,200 students in the spring of 2010. More than 100 teachers participated in the prototyping process and provided valuable feedback.

These programs are now being expanded and reservations can be booked in classrooms across Minnesota. Two additional video conferencing programs, one targeted at high school students and one for lower elementary students, are also in development and scheduled for launch in 2011.

Project Details

The Minnesota Historical Society launched a program to provide interactive educational programs for fourth through sixth grade students, using new video-conferencing capabilities.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (c), Programs

Appropriation Language
(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Funding Amount: $476,615

Project Manager

Wendy Jones
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project: Statewide Historic Programs

Funding Amount: $476,615

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Ongoing

Appropriation Years: 2010 2011

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.