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    • The Rural Electrification Administration in Minnesota

    • 2012-03-23
    • This guide contains reports from various Dodge County agencies related to the extension of electricity to rural areas under the authority of the Rural Electrification Administration. These reports detail the number of miles of line constructed, as...
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    • The Minnesota Home Front in World War II

    • 2012-03-23
    • This guide is designed to meet Minnesota Social Studies Standard 6.4.4.21.4, requiring students to identify contributions Minnesotans made to the war effort during WWII. It also requires students to describe the impact of the war on the home front....
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    • Directory of Charitable and Benevolent Organizations, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1913
    • A comprehensive directory of the charitable, civic, educational and religious resources of St. Paul. Commissioned and published by the Amherst H. Wilder charity in 1913, the directory was distributed free of cost to individuals and agenices...
    • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    • Turning Points in History: The Telephone

    • 2012-04-20
    • This guide contains photos and documents that will help support the study of the telephone's impact on the economy and/or society beginning in the late 1800s through the 1950s and beyond. There are resources from a variety of time periods to allow...
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    • Turning Points in History:  Iron Ore in Minnesota

    • 2012-07-28
    • This guide contains photos and documents that will help support the study of iron ore's impact in Minnesota, and more specifically northeastern Minnesota, beginning in the late 1800s through the 1940s. There are resources from a variety of time...
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    • Bulletin College of St. Scholastica Volume XVI January 1938 (1938-1939)

    • 1938
    • The College of St. Scholastica Bulletin is a catalog 94 pages in length published by the College, which is conducted by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Duluth, Minnesota, for young women and girls. The bulletin includes one photograph of the...
    • The College of St. Scholastica
    • Bulletin of The College of St. Scholastica, 1931-1932

    • 1931
    • The College of St. Scholastica Bulletin is a catalog 86 pages in length published by the College, which is conducted by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Duluth, Minnesota, for young women and girls. The bulletin explains the College's foundation...
    • The College of St. Scholastica
    • I Want It! I Need It!

    • 2012-05-25
    • Focusing on the Economic Standards in the Minnesota DRAFT K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies 2011, Kindergartners analyze pictures to determine if what is shown is a need or a want, a good or a service.
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    • World War I: The Home Front in Minnesota

    • 2012-07-31
    • Immediately after signing the Declaration of War against Germany on April 6, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson issued an appeal to all citizens to support the government of the United States. (Mankato Free Press, April 6, 1917, p. 1). Many responded to...
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    • Families Over Time

    • 2012-05-21
    • Family dynamics have completely changed over time.This guide's focus is on the Minnesota K-23 Academic Standards in Social Studies iwth an emphasis on how families have changed over time. It uses photographs that depict traditions, outings, and...
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    • Childhood: Then and Now

    • 2012-05-15
    • This guide is based on the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards for Social Studies, focusing on first grade. Students use the photographs to compare/contrast children's lives then to their lives now.
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    • The Circus is Coming to Town!

    • 2012-05-04
    • An introductory guide in research for kindergartners that focuses on the circus! The focus standard is the Historical Thinking strand with a minor focus on writing, but it doesn't have to stop there. Students have several photos listed here to use...
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    • Minnesota's Native Americans

    • 2011-09-21
    • Native Americans in Minnesota. AlthoughThis guide is focused on People and Cultures and Change over time, it also correlates to other U.S. history sub-standards (such as Historical Thinking, 3.1.1.1.1). The standards identified in the guide are...
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    • Families: Then and Now

    • 2012-05-24
    • This guide is written to support first graders who are making comparisons between families of today and yesterday. Minnesota Reflections Top Picks include a variety of items for students to compare to contemporary times including housing,...
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    • The Name Game: Using Geographic Terms

    • 2012-05-26
    • This guide shows how to help students become familiar with common geographic terms for, both natural and man-made objects, by identifying physical characteristics of locales in Minnesota. Although this unit focuses on basic geographic terms, it...
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    • Let's Go Shopping!

    • 2012-05-24
    • Retail shopping has changed in numerous ways over the past century.This guide focuses on the topic using the Minnesota DRAFT K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies. Using photographs of the interiors of stores, students look for ways shopping...
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    • Thinking Like a Historian

    • 2012-05-22
    • This guide gives students experience looking at historical artifacts. They will become historians by learning to ask important questions about these artifacts. The Minnesota Reflections digital objects inThis guide cover a wide range of topics and...
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    • The Ways We Use It: Land Use in Minnesota

    • 2012-05-27
    • This guide helps students learn about the ways land is used in Minnesota. Students can think about the evolution of land use from days past to contemporary times.This guide is specifically written for 6th grade, but can easily be altered to be used...
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    • Protestant Orphan Asylum minutes, Volume V, St. Paul, Minnesota

    • 1905 - 1915
    • A narrative account of the daily management and functioning of the organization, a St. Paul orphanage established shortly after the end of the Civil War. The handwritten account records the monthly board meetings, notes the number of children...
    • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    • Crossing the Rivers

    • 2012-02-29
    • This guide uses photographs, manuscripts and maps to introduce students to the role of rivers in Minnesota's early settlment and economic development. Students will be encouraged to examine the resourcesa nd engage in inquiry activities as they...
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    • Working on the River

    • 2012-05
    • This guide uses primary resources to help students understand, visualize and evaluate the economic and transportation opportunities provided by the many rivers in Minnesota. Personal accounts from three early settlers help learners uncover the...
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    • The Organizer (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Volume 1, Number 13

    • 1934-07-28
    • The Organizer is the newsletter published by the General Drivers Local 574 of the Teamsters Union. Published from July to October 1934, this was a first of its kind daily union strike update newsletter. The Organizer provided an in-depth look into...
    • Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Herman Library, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
    • Archbishop John Ireland and Catholic Immigration

    • 2012-06-05
    • This guide is designed to help students understand various factors that drew immigrants, especially Catholics, to Minnesota. These factors included cheap and plentiful land, the influence of individuals such as Archbishop John Ireland, the impact...
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    • Reminiscences, Memoirs, Lectures of Monsignor A. Ravoux, V.G.

    • 1890
    • Monsignor Augustin Ravoux's life and work as a missionary to the Dakota in Minnesota from 1841-1844. Book signed by author and given to Fr. Agatho, O.S.B. at Saint John's.
    • College of Saint Benedict - Saint John's University
    • A Visual History of Theater and Music Programs

    • 2011-02-17
    • This guide is designed to align with the Minnesota Arts standard that calls for understanding the personal, social, cultural, and historical contexts that influence the arts areas. The theater and music programs highlighted inThis guide help to...
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    • World War I: Home Front in Minnesota - Alien Enemy Registration

    • 2012-07-31
    • On the same day that Congress declared war on Germany, President Woodrow Wilson announced a set of regularions, controlling the activities of alien enemies. The regularions specifically identified alien enemies as German males, fourteen years or...
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    • The Organizer (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Volume 1, Number 16

    • 1934-07-31
    • The Organizer is the newsletter published by the General Drivers Local 574 of the Teamsters Union. Published from July to October 1934, this was a first of its kind daily union strike update newsletter. The Organizer provided an in-depth look into...
    • Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Herman Library, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
    • Announcement Book, 1923-1928, Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • 1923-12-02 - 1928-06-10
    • Book containing announcements made at Sunday mass, including marriage banns, deaths, parish activities and news, annual financial reports. Also includes detailed accounting of the interior finish of the church and its elevation to a minor basilica....
    • Basilica of Saint Mary Archives
    • Housing and Interior Design

    • 2007-04-17
    • This guide is designed to meet the first four benchmarks of standard 11.5 by tracing the development of housing designs, and by analyzing interior designs and furnishings during various historical eras through the examination of photographs and...
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    • Veterans Day

    • 4/3/2011
    • This guide could be used to meet the Minnesota statute requiring one hour of instruction on Veterans Day if a district is in session. Students may create a timeline of United States wars/conflicts including photographs of Minnesota veterans. ...
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    • Nutrition and Wellness Introduction

    • 2011-06-08
    • This guide is designed to be an introductory hook for lessons in nutrition by pointing out how our food supply and preparation has changed between the late 1800s to late 1970s. The photos and documents meet three benchmarks of standard 14.0 to...
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    • Picture Research Project

    • 2011-05-25
    • This guide is designed to give students the opportunity to search through the Minnesota Reflections database. Students will find pictures that interest them and then does a short research project on their picture.
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