Wednesday’s Webisode: The Minnesota History Center

To this point we’ve been naming each installment of Past & Presence after the topics of our weekly faculty conversations, but this week the star of the show is the place we visit:

Yes, we had the great privilege of getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Thanks to our host Matt Musel (who talked with us about the mission of the MN Historical Society and his role there as a majors gifts officer), we got to visit a textile conservation lab, talk with the coordinator of the MHS internship program, and learn about exhibit design from one of the masterminds of the popular Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit.

Meanwhile, Profs. Amy Poppinga and AnneMarie Kooistra shared some pointers on how to give oral presentations and work together on group projects, we interviewed middle school social studies teacher Annie Sjoholm ’09, and we talked to Political Science professor Fred Van Geest about Bethel’s pre-law program.

We’ll be off next week during Bethel’s Spring Break, then back on March 25th with a new episode of Past & Presence!


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