Looking for a field trip alternative? Our History Players come to you! Using props and artifacts, costumed History Players engage students in their memorable life stories during an enjoyable 45-minute interactive lesson. Book programs at your school, join with another school or gather your homeschool group. Download a brochure (PDF document).
History Player Characters
History Center History Players:
Harriet Bishop (1817-1883), St. Paul's first public school teacher
Wanda Gag (1903-1946), Storybook author and illustrator
Charley Goddard (1846-1868), Teenage Civil War soldier
Virginia Mae Hope (1921-1944), World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot
Frederick McKinley Jones (1892-1961), African American inventor and self-taught engineer
Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), Author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children's books
Thomas Lyles (1843-1920), African American community activist and entrepeneur
George Nelson (1786-1859), Fur trade clerk for the North West and Hudson Bay Companies
Toni Stone (1921-1996), First Woman to play Professional Baseball with the Negro Leagues
Mill City Museum History Players:
William de la Barre (1849-1936), Chief water engineer for Minneapolis
Mary Dodge Woodward (1826-1890), Domestic manager of a bonanza farm
Online Supplemetary Materials
Download materials, including background character packet, a pre-visit activity and a post-visit booklet.
To request a visit by a History Player, fill out this online form. If you have questions, call 651-259-3412 or email HPIC@mnhs.org.
NOTE: History Players must be scheduled at least six weeks in advance. Availability of specific characters may be limited and is subject to change. No additional fees for locations outside of the Twin Cities metro area – same low price no matter where you are in Minnesota!
$150 for one 45-minute presentation
$100 for second presentation (same building, same day)
$50 for third presentation and all additional presentations (same building, same day)
Fees apply to presentations on the same day at the same location. Cost-savings tip: Perhaps a nearby school, class or group would like to coordinate with you. If you have suggestions, contact us. We’ll do our best to meet your needs! History Players are also popular with adult groups and homeschools.
Recommended class size for each presentation is 20 to 40 students. Maximum number of students per presentation is 60. Grades K-8 only.
Teachers receive 25% off one History Player in the Classroom performance per school year with a Minnesota Historical Society membership!
Apply for the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Player Scholarship: Eligible schools and organizations can enjoy discounted or free educational programs delivered by our historic characters from Minnesota’s Past. Apply today!