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Discover the Story: A Miner's Life

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection includes objects and artifacts representing life in as a miner. Students are challenged to write a creative story or narrative based on the objects in the collection, illustrating life at the time. The last two resources in the collection are a worksheet that teachers may use to frame the assignment and a grading rubric for the assignment.

Tags: Pennsylvania, narrative, Pittsburgh, mining, miner, immigration, coal, worker safety, child labor

Levi's Brown Duck Trousers

National Museum of American History

Miner’s Cap

National Museum of American History

Miner’s Cap Lamp

National Museum of American History

Miner’s Safety Lamp

National Museum of American History

Miner's Pick

National Museum of American History

Miner's Russian Orthodox Cross

National Museum of American History

Mining Tunnel Lamp

National Museum of American History

Mining Tokens

National Museum of American History

Coal Scrip Booklet

National Museum of American History

Colliery Whistle

National Museum of American History

Breaker Boy of Shenandoah, Pa. [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum