Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

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History of Camp McCoy’s WWII Expansion, 7pm Thursday, May 11
Ryan Howell, Garrison Archaeologist and Historian, Fort McCoy, WI -US Army Installation, will present on the history of the 1942 expansion of what was then Camp McCoy from the pre-WWII 9,000 acres of “Old South Post” to the modern installation of 60,000 acres...
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MCHS Spring Craft Show March 11 - in Sparta!
The Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS) is hopping back over to Sparta for their 94th Annual Spring Art/Crafts and Country Gift Show, to be held Saturday March 11, 2023 from 8:30am - 3:30pm...
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Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Then & Now: Learning History From Old Things

Title: "Then & Now: Learning History From Old Things"

Topic: Historic Preservation; Social History
Suggested Grade Level: 2-6
Required Time: 30-45 minutes

Description: Students learn how history museums preserve the past by examining the materials commonly collected by museums. In addition, students participate in a game, "guess the artifact," in which they have the opportunity to determine the purpose of historical artifacts that today are unfamiliar to most observers. Hands-on activities give the students the opportunity to connect with the artifacts and examine the historical context in which they were originally used.


  • Explain the importance of preserving items from the past for future generations
  • Learn how historical artifacts preserve memory and relate stories of past human experiences.
  • Appreciate what life was like in the past so students can better contemplate their lives today
  • Analyze the change and development of certain familiar items over time, such as those commonly found in the home.
  • Gain an awareness of the role of History Museums in sharing and protecting the items and stories of those who came before us
Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
History Performance Standards Related to the Program
Grade 4

A.4.7 Identify connections between the local community and other places in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world

B.4.1 Identify and examine various sources of information that are used for constructing an understanding of the past, such as artifacts, documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, paintings, architecture, oral presentations, graphs, and charts

B.4.8 Compare past and present technologies related to energy, transportation, and communications and describe the effects of technological change, either beneficial or harmful, on people and the environment

Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects (K-5) Related to the Program
Grade 3

SL.3.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

SL.3.1c Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.

SL.3.1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

SL.3.3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

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