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Educational Programming in the proposed Heritage Center

"We are in peril of having our view of the future obscured by our ignorance of the past. We cannot see clearly ahead if we are blind to history."

Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities.

Heritage Center visitors of all ages are encouraged to:

  • Understand the importance of preserving our historical documents, photos and publications for future generations.
  • Explore the past to understand the present and inform the future as we make decisions in our communities, state and nation.
  • Develop critical thinking skills by asking why, what is the other side to this story, do we have all the facts, what additional information is needed to make good decisions, what are the consequences of actions we take. In short, seeing historical happenings as well as present day actions from a variety of points of view.
  • Build leaders and encourage action by returning to the roots of democracy and ensuring an educated and active populace.

Educational Programming will include:

  • Learning activities that utilize the resources of the State Library, State Archives, Heritage Center and the entire Capitol Campus, teaching concepts of history and citizenship. Age-appropriate, hands-on activities demonstrate how every person makes a difference in our society.
  • Special programs including book talks, lecturers, and live performances.
  • Live exhibit-related presentations with re-enactors and crafts people.
  • Workshops in genealogy, historical research and preservation techniques for a variety of artifacts, publications and photos.
  • Tours of the Capitol Campus in conjunction with Capitol Visitor Services.
  • Resources for teachers relating to exhibits and from the collections of the State Library and State Archives.
  • Watch this website under "Events" to find out about Heritage Center educational opportunities happening now!