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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...</a> and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us!</p>

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...</a> and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us!</p>

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...</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>

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>

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="">Generation to Generation: Family Stories Drawn from the Rauh Jewish Archives</a> </em>website. </p>

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>

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>

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>

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>

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>

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>

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>