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

Pack Your Trunk: Immigration to Monroe County

Title: "Pack Your Trunk: Immigration to Monroe County"

Topics: Immigration; Pioneer Life; Social History
Suggested Grade Level: 3-6
Time Required: 45-90 minutes

Description: Students learn about the experience of being an immigrant, from deciding to leave the home country to establishing a new home in Monroe County. Students will experience the immigrants' challenges of packing for the journey, traveling great distances, and establishing a new home on the frontier.


  • Personalize the immigrant experience for each student
  • Broaden understanding of who settled Monroe County
  • Experience choices facing an immigrant that require problem-solving skills on the part of the student
  • Investigate materials that tell about the past, creating a concrete expression for the abstract concept of "the immigration experience.
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.4.4 Compare and contrast changes in contemporary life with life in the past by looking at social, economic, political, and cultural roles played by individuals and groups

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

B.4.9 Describe examples of cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations

C.4.1 Identify and explain the individual’s responsibilities to family, peers, and the community, including the need for civility and respect for diversity

E.4.2 Explain the influence of factors such as family, neighborhood, personal interests, language, likes and dislikes, and accomplishments on individual identity and development

E.4.3 Describe how families are alike and different, comparing characteristics such as size, hobbies, celebrations, where families live, and how they make a living

E.4.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people

E.4.14 Describe how differences in cultures may lead to understanding or misunderstanding among people

E.4.15 Describe instances of cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations, such as helping others in famines and disasters.

Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects (K-5) Related to the Program
Grade 4

SL.4.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

SL.4.1c Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

SL.4.1d Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL.4.3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

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