Alexandria's three museums have partnered with Alexandria Community Education to bring history to your laptop.
Offered by the Douglas County Historical Society, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, and the Runestone Museum Foundation, the virtual series called "History at Home" began in January and will continue through March each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The goal is to bring historic content to people who are otherwise unable to visit museums.
Spearheaded by the Runestone Museum Foundation, the January classes focused on transportation ahead of a planned restoration of the stagecoach building in 2021.
In February, the museums will share how to preserve individual history at home.
February sessions include a talk by the Runestone Museum's Amanda Seim about what to do if you come across a potential archaeological site or historic object. The Legacy of the Lakes Museum’s Kaci Johnson will give tips for how to preserve your own personal historic objects at home, from photographs to textiles, for future generations. Brittany Johnson, director of the Douglas County Historical Society, will teach classes on recording family oral histories and how to record a “self history,” keeping family stories and anecdotes alive.
In March, Brittany Johnson will explain place name origins throughout Douglas County, looking at familiar names and places.
“Names come from history," she said. "Who named something, and why?”
Also in March, Kaci Johnson will present “From Bloomers to Bikinis: A Brief History of Beachwear,” which looks at the innovations and scandals that led to swimwear of the 21st century.
“In 1900, showing your shape would get you arrested for indecent exposure. Fifty years later, the bikini arrived. That’s a great shift in a short amount of time,” she said. “What led up to it? That’s what we’ll answer.”
For class schedules and registration, visit alexandria.ce.eleyo.com and search “History at Home.” Members at any one of the three museums receive a discount on tickets.