ERIC Number: ED463189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Mammoth Cave: It's Explorers, Miners, Archeologists, and Visitors. Teaching with Historic Places.
Ward, Robert H.
The mysterious darkness of Mammoth Cave in southwestern Kentucky, about 90 miles south of Louisville and 90 miles north of Nashville, has lured travelers to enter and warned them to stay away. From the dawn of time visitors have been awestruck by the cave's size and rugged beauty. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Mammoth Cave National Park" and an associated historic resource study. The lesson can be used in U.S. history units on the development of the national parks or the expansion of tourism in the 1920s and 1930s, and in ecology, geology, or other science courses that deal with natural phenomena. Following an explanatory introduction ("About This Lesson") which also lists objectives and materials for students, the lesson is divided into six sections: "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (Mammoth Cave National Park and Surrounding Region; Mammoth Cave, 1845; Modern Map of Mammoth Cave); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The First Explorers; Mammoth Cave Becomes a World-Famous Attraction; For Future Generations); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Cross Section through Mammoth Cave; Saltpeter Mining Operation; Modern View of Green River Valley; Farm Field, c. 1935; Visitors Pose with Guide, c. 1900; Modern Day Visitors in a Cave Passageway); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Touring Mammoth Cave; Caring for Local Resources; Luring the Public to a Special Place); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Geology, Historic Sites, Physical Geography, Primary Sources, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Tourism, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/35mammoth/35mam moth.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.