Plank Summer Institute for Educators

Plank Summer Institute for Educators 2024: The Business and Influence of Public History

June 25-27
Northrop campus
511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis

1850-1875 was a generation of transformation in the place we now call Minnesota. Our museums, parks, government buildings, books, public art and even our state flag convey interpretations of this past. Join educators from across the Twin Cities in exploring historic public narratives of these decades and how and why these narratives have changed over time. The new Plank Museum and Visitor Center at Historic Fort Snelling, the Sibley Historic Site, the State Capitol, Gibbs Farm and the Hocokata Ti Dakota Cultural Center will be among our stops as we consider the business interests and economic and cultural impacts of immigration into the territory and practice historiography (the study of how and why historical narratives change over time). We’ll hear from public historians, examine artifacts and interpretations of the past and enjoy good food, conversation and connection along the way.  

Established over 40 years ago through a generous endowment gift from Raymond Plank ΚΌ40, the Plank Summer Institute brings together educators and local business and industry leaders to learn from one another. All Pre-K to post-secondary educators in public, private or nonprofit settings are welcome to apply. There is no application or registration fee, and meals, materials and bus transportation are provided at no cost to participants. We invite you to apply for one, two or all three days. Those who apply by April 21 will hear by May 1 regarding acceptance. Applications for any remaining spaces will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces are filled.

Treat yourself to the Plank Summer Institute for Educators and invite other educators in your network to do the same!

Register by April 21 

Questions? Contact Lisa Sackreiter at or Julie Rogers Bascom at