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

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

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

Combine geography and map skills with reading, math, and problem-solving in this lesson plan

Teach students to conduct oral history interviews with Wisconsin Hmong and how to use oral histories for research

Use advertising posters to study technological change in American agriculture in the 19th century

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

Help students place their family and community's history in the context of state history with this lesson

Lesson Plan

Life in a Lumber Camp

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

Using historic and current maps, students will identify change over time in Wisconsin communities in this lesson

La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle

In this lesson students analyze military service record envelopes from Racine County

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Teach your students to use historic military maps to organize and sequence historic events

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

Wisconsin and the Civil War

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

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

Learn more about the pre-WWI peace movement by having students take a closer look at Julia Grace Wales

Use local architectural resources to teach students about mail order homes in the United States

Learn about various architectural styles that can be found in your local community

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
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