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Teaching with Objects

This collection demonstrates the range of ways that you can teach with historic objects.
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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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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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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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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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CLO Steel Teacher Guide Resources

<p>Resources for the CLO Guide</p>
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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>
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Pittsburgh Youth Activism

<p><em>Pittsburgh Youth Activism e</em>xplores the history of youth activism in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Specific examples include Pittsburghers who participated in the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration campaign in Mississippi and the 1968 Wilkinsburg race riots. This teaching resource includes two parts: a primary source exploration and conversation and the call to action. 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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The Race to Space: Understanding the Cold War Context of the Apollo 11 Mission

<p><em>By using this collection, learners will . . .</em></p> <ul><li>Use primary sources to understand a range of perspectives on the Space Race. </li><li>Understand why the United States was concerned about the Soviet space program. </li><li>Be able to analyze the Cold War era context of the Space Race and draw their own conclusions about the success of the Space Race. </li></ul>
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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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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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