ERIC Number: ED463214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Chicago's Columbus Park: The Prairie Idealized. Teaching with Historic Places.
Bachrach, Julia Sniderman; Nathan, Jo Ann
Twenty-four year old Jens Jensen came to the United States, settled in Chicago (Illinois), and promptly fell in love with the Midwest's prairie landscape. Although some thought that prairie was boring, monotonous, and ordinary, Jensen saw great beauty in the tree-filled groves, long winding rivers, natural rock formations and waterfalls, and the flat stretches filled with colorful native grasses and wild flowers. Jens Jensen began designing Chicago's Columbus Park in 1915 on a 150-acre parcel of land, where he attempted to interpret the native landscape of Illinois as comprehensively as possible. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Columbus Park." The lesson can be used to teach units on landscape design, urbanization, and conservationism in the early 20th century, or in an interdisciplinary unit on indigenous regional plants and leisure time combining biology and sociology. It is divided into: "About This Lesson"; "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (West Park System, Chicago, 1917; Jensen's Original Plan for Columbus Park); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (An American Garden; Columbus Park--The Prairie Idealized; Beauty of the Wild); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Recent Photograph of the Prairie; Stone Outcropping, c. 1910; Natural Prairie River, c. 1911; Excavation of the Lagoon 1916; Lagoon with Boaters, c. 1920; Council Ring with Children, 1920s; Original Swimming Hole with Children, c. 1935); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Save That Site; Green Scene); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parks, Physical Environment, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Student Research
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/81columbus/81columbus.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.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)