History Adventures Online – Underground Railroad

Join Abby and Sophie this week to learn about the Underground Railroad! Explore the lives of Harriet Tubman and Charlotta Pyles, who helped people escape slavery while living in Iowa. Click the image below to download a printable worksheet with activities that will let you dive deeper into this important history.

History Adventures Online – Eyes on the Sky

African American pilot Bessie Coleman said, “The air is the only place free from prejudice.” At the dawn of the 20th century, aviation was new to the world and pilots Bessie Coleman and William J. Powell used flying to dispel discrimination. Learn about these two pioneering aviators and explore the ideas of flight with a […]

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History Adventures Online – Chemistry Connections

In this week’s History Adventures program you’ll get to learn about George Washington Carver and his contributions to science. After the history lesson, Sophie and Abby will lead you through a hands-on chemistry activity: making homemade ice cream! Homemade Ice Cream Ingredients & Materials: 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream) 1/4 cup […]

History Adventures Online – Super Soaked

Learn about Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker! After AAMI education interns Sophie and Abby lead a history lesson, they’ll show you how to make your own simple water sprayer using a plastic water bottle and a thumbtack*. After you learn about the science behind the Super Soaker, you’ll have a chance to have […]

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FIRST RULE OF AAMI's FILM CLUB.... TALK ABOUT FILM CLUB!

Step 1: Watch Xenon Pictures' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Historical Perspective on Kanopy (accessible with a valid library card from the Cedar Rapids Public Library and many others)

Step 2: Join us on Tonight at 7 pm to discuss the film VIA ZOOM

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The AAMI invites you to Film Club, a monthly series of film viewings and/or discussions that will take place on the third Thursday of each month. This month, watch Xenon Pictures' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Historical Perspective on Kanopy (accessible with a valid library card from the Cedar Rapids Public Library and many others), then join us on Thursday, January 21st at 7 pm to discuss the film. Stay tuned for the meeting link!

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Film: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Historical Perspective

Film Description: He was the conscience of the struggle for civil rights--and one of its many heroic martyrs. This documentary offers a one-of-a-kind examination of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Using rare and largely unseen film footage and photographs, this film (endorsed by the King Foundation) explores how Dr. King's ideas, beliefs and methods evolved in the face of the rapidly changing climate of the Civil Rights Movement. To study Dr. King's compelling and magnificent life is to understand that social change and enlightenment are brought about only by the overwhelming force of the human spirit.
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This marks the end of our Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. We'd like to extend one more thank you to Target for their generous support of this event and to Blue Sky Productions for their hard work in making this celebration come to life. We'd also like to invite you to continue to remember and celebrate Iowa's African American history with us year round at the AAMI.

To bring your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to a close, we encourage you to participate in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids’s annual celebration with music and speakers as it takes place via Facebook Live at 7 pm. The annual "Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris 'Who Is My Neighbor' Award" will be awarded to an adult and a high school senior who will be recognized for diligently working for justice in Linn County. Visit the event page below to tune in now!
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