ERIC Number: ED198862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Educational Alternatives for a Changing Society: Teaching and Reaching the Community.
Lieberman, Janet E.
The community history program described in this report uses traveling photographic exhibits and accompanying booklets on themes of social and urban history, work, housing, entertainment, family, and transportation, to involve the people of Queens, New York, in an examination of their community's past. The program's philosophy is discussed first, involving a commitment to: (1) community outreach through the placement of exhibits in bank lobbies, factories, churches, and other public places; (2) citizen involvement through contributions of family documents and photographs; (3) the discovery of previously unknown historical facts; and (4) the provision of special learning packages for non-English speakers and the visually and hearing impaired. After describing an example of an exhibit and learning package which traced the working lives of three individuals between the years 1880 and 1945, the paper outlines the creation of an exhibit, focusing on locating and collecting historical memorabilia; selecting material for exhibits; gathering appropriate literary quotations that can place the photographs and documents in a broader humanities context; writing a brochure; preparing materials for presentation; and installing the exhibit itself. Next, the paper describes the community seminars which are held two weeks after the exhibit has been installed to provide a broader historical context. Finally, the paper discusses staffing requirements. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Educational Alternatives for a Changing Society" conference (Miami, FL, January 27-30, 1981).