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National History Day 2021: George Washington

<p>This collection connects the 2021 National History Day theme of "Communication in History" to the events that led up to the beginning of the French, British and Indian War and the Seven Years' War. During the 18th century, Western Pennsylvania was the western frontier of what would become the United States of America. Pittsburgh's three rivers were the gateway to the interior for the French and the British. The French and British both laid claim to this area and continued to struggle for control of it. This Learning Lab collection can be used to spark an idea for an NHD project or as a resource for an existing project.</p>

National History Day 2021: KDKA Radio

<p>This collection connects the 2021 National History Day theme of "Communication in History" to the history of KDKA radio station. During the early 1900s, radios were used only by amateur radio operators.  KDKA was the first commercial broadcasting station that reached the public and changed how many people would receive news and entertainment. This collection can be used as an idea for an NHD project or as a resource for an existing project.</p>

History Lab: Look into the Past

<p></p> <p>In this final History Lab of the 2019-20 school year, we will explore some fun historic images from the History Center's collections. What can we learn from looking carefully at these photographs? What do you think it would have been like to be there? Use the graphic organizer at the end to split a photograph into four parts and look even closer! </p> <p>To talk with us and learn about more historic photographs, join us for the History Lab Debrief! Visit <a href="">https://www.heinzhistorycenter...</a> and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us!</p>

Social Change in the Archives: ACC-PARC Records

<p>First formed in 1951, the Allegheny County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (ACC-PARC) was established as a grassroots organization comprised of the parents of people with disabilities. The aspect of ACC-PARC’s daily activities most represented in these records are the efforts of the association to investigate the treatment of people with disabilities at residential care facilities in Western Pennsylvania during the 1960s and 1970s.</p> <p>This Learning Lab collection is designed to highlight the specific steps taken by the parents and members of ACC-PARC as they advocated for change in residential care facilities in this region. Each document illuminates a specific step or tactic used by the parents as they attempted to raise awareness of poor treatment of people with disabilities, stop overcrowding and under-staffing in facilities, and push for legislation to ensure the well-being of residents.</p> <p>This archival collection and the materials presented in this Learning Lab collection are housed at the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA:</p> <p><strong>Title: Bob Nelkin Collection of Allegheny County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (ACC-PARC) Records</strong> </p> <p><strong>Dates: 1953-2000</strong> </p> <p><strong>Creator: Nelkin, Bob</strong> </p> <p><strong>Catalog Number: MSS 1002</strong> </p> <p>#socialchange #disabilityhistory #advocacy #changemaker</p>

How Pittsburgh Helped Us Get to the Moon: Alcoa and the Lunar Module

<p>This Learning Lab collection is designed to accompany the Pittsburgh CLO's teacher guide for <em>Beyond the Moon.</em> In this new Gallery of Heroes musical, fifteen-year-old Maya has big dreams of being the first person to set foot on Mars but believes she is simply too ordinary to become an astronaut. Her view of what is possible transforms when actual NASA astronauts past and present, including Neil Armstrong, Mae Jemison, and José Hernandez, take her on an amazing journey to discover that extraordinary feats are accomplished by regular people one step at a time.</p><p>The activity is based on <a href="">"Touchdown," created by PBS Kids Design Squad.</a> It was adapted by the Heinz History Center to include the story of the Alcoa aluminum innovation used for the legs of the Lunar Module. </p>

Caring for Community: Jewish Aid through Primary Sources

<p></p><p>This Learning Lab collection is drawn from the records of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, the oldest Orthodox congregation in Pittsburgh. As with other synagogues, since its founding, the congregation has been the recipient of donations and has responded to appeals from Jewish organizations, here and abroad. Explore the work of aid organizations like HIAS through these primary sources so that students can better understand the role of community giving. </p>

Roberto Clemente - CLO Arriba Arriba! resources

<p>This collection contains resources for the teacher guide to the Pittsburgh CLO's performance of <em>Arriba Arriba!</em>. </p> <p><br /></p>

Conflict and Compromise: Pittsburgh's Labor History

<p>This collection connects the 2018 National History Day theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History" to a selection of labor strikes that occurred in Western Pennsylvania. This region has a long history of labor strikes,  some of which led to successful negotiations, while others led to violence. The collection also includes information about the <em>Pittsburgh Survey</em> to illuminate the living and working conditions that were often the reasons that compelled workers to strike.</p> <p>These objects, images, and sources can be used to help form an idea for a project, provide a new angle on an existing project idea, or lead to new ways of including primary sources into NHD projects. The Heinz History Center blog features additional information about the <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);">Homestead Strike</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);">Railroad Strike</a> images.</p> <p>#NHD2018 #NHD</p>

Pittsburgh's Urban Renewal: Resources for a Deliberative Forum

<p>This collection was created to support a workshop on integrating primary sources and student writing for teachers at Peters Township High School. These resources can be used to design a document-based question to answer the following inquiry:</p> <p>Were Pittsburgh's urban renewal programs in the 1950s and 60s ultimately helpful or harmful?</p> <p>Teachers may want to excerpt the documents included in this collection before giving them to students to use. You may also want to introduce students to the concept of "purposeful annotation" as they read through the documents (resources included).</p> <p>Finally, an articles on urban renewal today and a lesson plan from Global Oneness Project on gentrification and urban renewal in Seattle provide additional resources for teachers.</p> <p>Tags: C3, Inquiry, urban renewal, demolition, construction, slums, Teenie Harris, Charles Olmstead, Pittsburgh</p>

Using Oral Histories

<p>This curriculum pack was produced by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and <em>e</em>xplores the importance of oral histories in archival work and prepares prepare students to conduct oral histories.  The three lessons should be followed consecutively. They guide students towards creating their own oral history about a subject--click on the paperclip to find the activities that make up each lesson. Sources  and materials are also included (be sure to click on the paper clip and/or info icon on each item to find out more about it). </p>

The Darkest Month: Coal Mining Disasters of December 1907

<p>The Darkest Month contains activities, primary sources, and other information to help teach students about the effect of transportation in western Pennsylvania  (be sure to click on the paper clip and/or info icon on each item to find out more about it). </p><p><br />This resource was originally created to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Darr and Monongah coalmining disasters – two of the worst coalmining disasters in American history. Occurring in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, and Monongah, West Virginia, these devastating mine explosions revealed the overly hazardous conditions faced by immigrant coalminers drawn to the Pittsburgh Coal Seam by the prospect of work. The story of the miners who perished in December of 1907, known at the time as the “dreadful month” because of a string of mining disasters nationwide that left nearly 3,000 miners dead, affords a long overdue opportunity to discuss the historical impact of coalmining on the greater Pittsburgh region. It also illuminates larger social history themes including the interrelationship of immigration, industry, capitalism, and organized labor. The fact that these industrial disasters occurred in 1907, the peak year of immigrant arrivals to Ellis Island, underscores the centrality of immigration to the American coalmining story. With heavy attention on ethnic life, these resources show how European immigrants modeled their Old World lives within their new industrial homes and used these institutions to survive their day to day work in an extremely dangerous industry.</p>

Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era

<p><strong><em>Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era </em></strong>explores the events of civil rights and the Vietnam War as they impacted African American life and culture. The mid 1950s to the 1970s was an era of great change in America as new social, political, and cultural perspectives began to reshape the American landscape. In Vietnam and at home, African Americans were impacted by these events resulting in a greater expression of political and cultural identity. This was the era of street demonstrations and court battles; of protest and musical expression; of Black arts and Black Power. African American men and women, <em>Soul Soldiers,</em> battled on two fronts, for equality at home and democracy abroad. Their service in war was valor and their activism in civil rights was historic.</p> <p>This collection of materials was designed by the Heinz History Center for classroom use. Be sure to click on the info tab and/or paperclip icon on each time for additional information and suggested learning activities. </p>