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Arthur Glaser

Educator/ Historian
Sen. John Heinz History Museum/ Allegheny Observatory
Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Adults, Post-Secondary
Science, Social Studies, Arts :
Educator/ Historian

Arthur Glaser's collections

 

Captured by Indians: Warfare and Assimilation on the 18thC Frontier.

<p>After the Britains won the British, French and Indian War, the victors made promises to the native Americans that the former French claims would not be occupied by the English colonists. The Quebec Act forbade settlers to pass beyond the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Britain soon discovered that it was impossible to stop the settlers from crossing into Indian lands. The reaction of the native-Americans was swift and furious. Raiding parties killed and/or captured hundreds of these frontier farmers.</p>
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Samuel Langley, Solar Scientist

<p>Samuel Langley was the director of the Allegheny Observatory very near the city of Pittsburgh. Langley focused his telescope on the sun each clear day hoping to find its secrets and energy output.</p>
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American Whaling Industry

<p>In the early nineteenth century, America demanded a clean burning fuel that would supplant the candle as the primary tool for lighting in homes and businesses. Whale oil proved to be the answer. It was clean burning, odorless and more economical than candles. Hunting whales was adventurous and dangerous and it lured many young men to a life at sea. Whaling remained an important industry through the Civil War and began to decline with the discovery of oil and its by products at Drake's well and other sites in Western Pennsylvania.</p>
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American stereotype: All Black Pilgrim Attire

<p>Every year near Thanksgiving, images of our Pilgrims father begin to proliferate showing them as very austere and wearing only black clothing. This learning lab introduces images of Pilgrims that are compared with written primary sources. It was customary in the 17th century to inventory all the belongings of the deceased before they were distributed to the heirs. These inventories and the wills themselves provide detailed information about the attire of everyday Pilgrims of this period.</p>
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Jamestown: Challenge for Survival

<p>The early years in Virginia's first colony were fraught with starvation and illness. Many of the Jamestown colonists were not "survivors". Most were gentlemen searching for gold and riches and had no experience living in the wilderness. America was a challenge: the forest primeval had never been cut, there was no available farmland, few had experience at fishing or hunting and gathering. Our story about tells about the ultimate in desperation.</p>
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John Trumbull: Images of early American leaders.

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Voyage of Discovery: Lewis & Clark explore Louisiana.

Images related to the Corps of Discovery. Most people think of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as one of geographic exploration. However, President Jefferson charged them to study ethnography, biology, zoology, meteorology, botany and geology. They were required to make detailed maps of their travels and keep a journal about their experiences. Sculptures, paintings and other forms of artwork have been included to illustrate the many interpretations of Lewis and Clark.<br />
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Rodman's Guns

<p><br /></p><p>The five years of the Civil War are quite rightly considered a period of ordnance and artillery experimentation, development, and transition. The work of one man led, in fact, to the casting of one of the biggest guns ever built, even to the present day--a monstrous 20-inch muzzzleloader that fired a 1000 pound solid shot</p>
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Charles Russell: Art of the American West

<p>Charles Russell brought the west alive with his paintings and sculptures of western life. His authentic depictions of Native Americans allow the viewer to appreciate the dress and life of the plains Indians. Also skilled in sculpture, Russell depicts cowboys and wildlife in action settings. This lab provides samples of Russell's best work.</p>
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Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

<p>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his famous poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" during the American civil war. Since he was not an eyewitness to the ride, historians have found errors of substance in the poem. This lab focuses on what really happened that night, April 19, 1775.</p>
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Journey of the Vin Fiz

<p>The Vin Fiz was the first aeroplane to cross the United States from coast to coast. At a maximum speed of 51 mph and many in flight set backs, the Vin Fiz made the crossing in over 84 days.</p>
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