Curriculum Developer Sought for New Program- Deadline Extended

School children will learn about the Civil War in a hands-on museum setting, including a backdrop of priceless Civil War artifacts. The Prospect House and

Civil War Museum in Battle Lake, MN announced plans for a new program to provide curriculum related to Minnesota’s role in the Civil War, and resettlement after the war, including three on-site learning stations included in a new interpretive tour.

Prospect House Museum announced today a deadline extension for requests proposals from qualified individuals for the development of curriculum to serve as the foundation for the teaching and learning of specific aspects of the Civil War, Reconstruction after the war, and related standards provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. The deadline has been extended to September 23, 2016, to reach educational professionals that may not have received informtion during the summer break.

This flexible, part time contract pays $24/hr for up to 910 hours over the course of 9 months for qualified individuals. At a minimum, the selected candidate must be licensed to teach history at the 6th grade level in Minnesota. Most work can be completed via telecommuting, with some on-site work in Battle Lake, MN.

The standards to be addressed are introduced at the 6th grade level, including: Regional tensions around economic development, slavery, territorial expansion and governance resulting in a civil war and a period of Reconstruction that led to the abolition of slavery, a more powerful federal government, a renewed push into indigenous nations’ territory and continuing conflict over racial relations. The project includes incorporating the curriculum into a new interpretive tour in learning stations.

One of the learning stations will bring to life the war-time experiences of Minnesota soldiers and civilians, including a reproduction “Dog Tent” and artifacts or reproductions of what a soldier may have had in his tent, including box from the US Sanitary Commission and photo from the home front.

Other stations explain the causes of the Civil War; describe how the debate over slavery and abolition played out in Minnesota and explain reasons for the United States-Dakota War of 1862, comparing and contrasting the perspectives of settlers and Dakota people before, during and after the war.

The program plan came about after the Governor’s Civil War Task Force went to the MN Legislature and requested monies specifically for Civil War projects to be funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Prospect House applied for a grant and was awarded $38,652 through the Minnesota Historical Society.

The new education program targets visitation by schools within a 9 county region in West Central Minnesota. To accommodate expanded attendance, the museum is working on a companion preservation project to preserve and protect museum artifacts, update exhibit areas and catalog contents. While fundraising is still on going for preservation projects, current supporters include Amor Township, Battle Lake Lions, City of Battle Lake and Everts Township.

Those interested in applying to develop curriculum are asked to send an email request for a copy of the Request for Proposal, or to address any questions to (Please make your initial contact by email so that it goes directly to the Education Program Director). Applications are due by September 23, 2016, and support in completing an application is available.

Click HERE to download the Request for Proposal Document.