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Introduce your students to the basics of architectural history and historic preservation through a community architectural survey project

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

In this lesson students study the words and listen to the song, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes."

Examine the oral history and migration experiences of Rubie Bond, an African-American resident of Beloit featured on Wisconsin Public Television

La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle

Get an overview of Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle as well as suggested small group activities to use with your students

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

Use a classroom debate to analyze the decision to drop the atomic bomb through the lens of the Smithsonian 50th anniversary exhibit on the Enola Gay

Lesson Plan

Little Elk, 1829

Use the 1829 speech by Little Elk, Ho-Chunk orator, to learn more about Ho-Chunk views on Euro-American cultures

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

Learn more about Victory Berger by examing 1917 editorial selections from his newspaper, Milwaukee Leader

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the 1862 Civil War Draft Riots to examine differing opinions on the Civil War in Wisconsin

Teach your students about how snowshoes were a part of the pioneer experience in Wisconsin

Use the 1673 journal of Father Jacques Marquette to introduce students to the early exploration of Wisconsin

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Help students to look at the wartime issues of work, production and conservation in their hometown

Lesson Plan

Life in a Lumber Camp

Learn more about life in a lumber camp by using primary sources

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

The experiences of nurses, as documented in primary sources, will help students to understand points of view on the war in the Pacific theater

Lesson Plan

The Costs of War

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Students study national records detailing casualties resulting from World War II and draw conclusions

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Listening to World War II era music helps students to learn about the time period as well as the contributions of entertainers to the war effort

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Using photographs and accounts, students will learn about German POW camps in the United States and Japanese American internment

Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I

Use WWI posters to learn more about WWI as well as the use of this media in building support for the war

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the writing of Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy to examine different opinions on the Civil War

Lesson Plan

Teal Lake Lodge, 1923

Learn about the development of tourism in northern Wisconsin by examining a a family-owned resort which has operated since the 1920s
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