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Hands-On History

Bring the museum experience to your classroom!

Hands-On History | Wisconsin Historical Society
The Hands-On History program brings the solid foundations of Museum Education to the classroom through hour-long interactive presentations on Wisconsin's history. From early Native Americans to Milwaukee's Fair Housing movement, each Hands-On History lesson is designed to help meet the needs of the classroom educator. Fully aligned to Wisconsin Academic Standards, the Hands-On History program will engage your students minds by asking the questions historians ask: 


What can we learn from objects?
What questions do we ask?
How do objects help tell the story of the past?
Additionally, Hands-On History endeavors to bring aspects of local history to each site visited, from rural northern Wisconsin to the metropolis of Milwaukee.
Hands-On History sessions are currently available for the following subject areas and are best suited to a 4th grade audience:


Early Native Americans & The Fur Trade
Lumber & Lead Mining
Immigration & Migration
Fair Housing in Milwaukee
Kits may be combined for a presentation covering many aspects of Wisconsin history.
Email Kurt Griesemer for more information on programming and scheduling.
Funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.