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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>
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Triumph and Tragedy: Pittsburgh's History of Innovation in Science

<p>This collection connects the 2019 National History Day theme of "Triumph and Tragedy in History" to a selection of topics related to Western Pennsylvania, science, and innovation. This region’s history features many stories of triumph over tragedy, including two key events: the creation of the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rachel Carson’s fight against the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment.</p> <p>The first half of the collection focuses on the story of the polio vaccine, including context on the polio virus, movements to raise money for a cure, and Salk's work in Pittsburgh. It also mentions Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were used without permission for a range of medical advancements, including the polio vaccine.</p> <p>The second half of the collection highlights Rachel Carson, her talent for writing and interest in animals as a child, how she came to be interested in the effects of DDT, and her legacy as an environmentalist. </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. They are drawn from a range of primary source repositories, which can be helpful sources of information for students working on these topics. <br /></p> <p>#NHD2019 #NHD </p>
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Thinking About History

<p><em>Thinking About History</em> contains resources that provide teachers with useful tools for helping students think about the past and multiple ways for accessing information about history, ranging from photographs to literature. This curriculum pack was produced by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and includes sources  and materials  (be sure to click on the paper clip and/or info icon on each item to find out more about it). </p>
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Steel Town: The Story of Homestead

<p>This curriculum pack was produced by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and includes everything you need to teach about the town of Homestead and how it reflects changes in American society. The student text includes readings that you can give directly to your students, and the info tab includes suggested teaching activities. Primary sources and biographies with suggested activities 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>
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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>
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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>
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Perpetrating the Holocaust: Gaining an Understanding through Archives

<p>This activity uses a restitution document and graphic organizer to help students understand who perpetrated the actions of the Holocaust, particularly as it affected the Weikers family. The Weikers family papers are held in the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The archive document comes from the Weikers Family  collection, and the accompanying graphic organizers were created by Heinz History Center education staff. More images and documents connected with this family story are available on the <em><a href="http://www.jewishfamilieshistory.org/entry/weikers-family/">Generation to Generation: Family Stories Drawn from the Rauh Jewish Archives</a> </em>website. </p>
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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>
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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>
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History Lab: Time Capsules

<p></p> <p>In this History Lab, we will think about how many objects can work together to tell a story. How does a time capsule help us to learn about the past? What would you put in your own time capsule?</p> <p>To talk with us and learn about more time capsules, join us for the History Lab Debrief! Visit <a href="https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/learn/history-at-home/learn-history-online">https://www.heinzhistorycenter...</a> and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us!</p>
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History Lab: Questioning Objects

<p>Welcome to the Heinz History Center's History Lab, where we ask questions about the past, think about what makes history cool, and sharpen your history skills!</p>
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History Lab: Objects Telling Stories

<p>In this History Lab, we will think about how one object can tell many stories. What can we learn from the first Ferris wheel? What other objects can you think of that tell many stories?</p> <p>To join in the History Lab Debrief for this collection, visit <a href="https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/learn/history-at-home/learn-history-online">https://www.heinzhistorycenter...</a> and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us to discuss objects and their stories!  </p> <p><br /></p>
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