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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><br /></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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Making a Home: Changes through Time, 18th-20th Century

<p>With rich primary sources including family photographs, advertisements, and historical maps, <em>Making a Home: Changes through Time, 18th-20th Century </em>teaches students about regional homes and the families who lived in them  (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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Labor History: The Great Strike of 1877

<p>This curriculum pack was produced by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and includes everything you need to teach about the Great Strike of 1877 in Pittsburgh.  The five lessons can be used as a group or individually, and guide students towards creating their own documentary about the subject--click on the paperclip to find the activities that make up each lesson. Primary sources  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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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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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.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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Green City Remix: Pittsburgh's Smoke Control Campaign

<p>Green City Remix was a collaborative project of the Green Building Alliance and the Senator John Heinz History Center to create exhibits developed and designed by local high school students. In the 1940s efforts were made to combat Pittsburgh’s reputation as the nation’s smoky city, changing both air quality and the city’s image. Using the Allegheny Conference on Community Development collection in the Detre Library and Archives, students researched the Smoke Control campaign, which included legislation passed by city government in 1941 that significantly improved Pittsburgh’s air quality by regulating factors such as fuel sources and the equipment used in industry and in homes.</p> <p>Through a visit to the Green Building Alliance and conversations with local activists, the students explored ways in which Pittsburgh can continue to improve on its legacy as a smoky city. Students examined art installations at The Mattress Factory and with the help of local artist, Danny Bracken, designed art installations <em>remixing </em>the story of Smoke Control in a way that demonstrates its relevance to today. </p> <p>This collection includes primary source materials used by the students to explore Pittsburgh's response to air quality challenges. How might these resources inspire your own students to explore the ways changes is made in their city?</p>
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