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1900s Logging Camp

from History Live

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It's 1900 and America is growing fast! Students become lumberjacks at a northern Minnesota logging camp to explore how loggers met the high demands of timber. Students also examine historic photos and logging artifacts to learn how humans and technology impacted the forest.

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About This Program


By Request: $120.00

$120.00 for schools outside of Minnesota
$75.00 for schools in the state of Minnesota, thanks to the Legacy Amendment.


50 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Reading

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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History Live lessons must be requested 3 weeks prior to requested lesson date. Cancellations must be received 14 days before your lesson. Contact us if you need to reschedule.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received 14 days before your lesson. Contact us if you need to reschedule.

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History Live

St. Paul, MN
United States

History Live is a program of the Minnesota Historical Society, which designs and develops educational products for students nationwide. All of our award-winning programs and teacher supplementary materials are based on national academic standards.

Minnesota Historical Society

Program Details


1. Introduction of presenter as Foreman or boss of logging camp, the owner of the logging camp and the students as employees of the logging camp.
2. We then discuss the history of the logging industry before and during 1900
3. Then students are introduced to Logging Camp and the buildings at logging camp
4. Students then learn about daily life a logging camp and how each of their jobs at logging camp help the whole crew work together.
5. Concluding with how logging has changed and how logging has impacted the environment.


Students will become familiar with 20th Century industrialization in the United States through a close up examination of lumbering in Minnesota.

Students will use primary resources to gain an understanding of the jobs, resources and challenges associated with a logging operation in the early 1900s.

Students will discover how natural resources influence human movement, and how humans influence the environment.

Students will have the opportunity to empathize with lumberjacks who were real people with goals and dreams.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


The Minnesota Historical Society designs and develops educational products for students nationwide.

State Standards