Intergenerational Learning Programs
(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.
Connecting Generations through History launched in November 2009 with 12 projects statewide, facilitated by Minnesota Historical Society staff, historic sites and public libraries.
The projects were designed to foster deep intergenerational learning, while preserving important community stories. Final events to mark the projects' completion drew large crowds. Each project is featured on a new web site, Sharing Community Stories, which launched in late 2010. An evaluation prepared by Wilder Research found nearly all participants had a positive experience.
In another aspect of intergenerational programming, the Society established a Teen Advisory Council. These teens work in partnership with History Center staff to hone their workplace skills as they develop teen-oriented programming for the History Center.
Based on the Advisory Council's work, the History Center produced the "Ready, Set, Music!" event in June 2010 and is planning an oral history-based theater program scheduled for spring 2011.