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ERIC Number: ED218172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Family History: Papers from Old Sturbridge Village.
Journal of Family History, v6 n1 Spr 81
Essays in this special issue of the "Journal of Family History" focus on the teaching of family history by using artifacts. The articles were written by the staff at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV). The first article discusses how family history is taught at OSV. Students study a real family using demographic information and artifacts such as documents, paintings, and houses. They obtain a picture of family life as they participated in activities such as spinning wool, chopping wood, and cooking over an open fire. The second article shows how photographs and paintings can be used in the classroom. Suggestions on how to analyze a photograph, how to select photographs for the classroom, and how to design teaching activities are offered. The third essay discusses the value of using the historic house as a primary source for the study of family history. It provides activities and strategies for a study of an historic house that reveal values and lifestyles of families. The fourth essay discusses using probate inventories as a way of reconstructing aspects of the past. Salem Towne's records inventory is used as an example. The last essay discusses how political speeches, Supreme Court opinions, and foreign travelers' accounts can be used in the teaching of family history. Each essay includes an annotated bibliography. (Author/NE)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Community Study, Creative Teaching, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Family Life, Higher Education, History Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Local History, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social History, Teaching Methods
New England Bookstore, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA 01566 ($2.50 plus $1.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA. Museum Education Dept.; Clark Univ., Worcester, MA.
Note: Photographs may not reproduce clearly.