ERIC Number: ED463989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: Monument to the Gilded Age. Teaching with Historic Places.
By the turn of the 20th century, many wealthy families, including the Vanderbilts, had palatial houses along the Hudson River, between New York City and Albany (New York). In 1895, Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, built his country estate overlooking the Hudson River in Hyde Park (New York). With more than 600 acres of landscaped property and a palatial Beaux Arts mansion, the estate came to symbolize the enormous wealth accumulated by a privileged few during the Gilded Age. This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and other source materials. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the Gilded Age or the nation's industrial and economic growth. The teacher materials section provides general information, gives educational objectives for students, discusses visiting the site, lists supplementary resources, and describes how to use the lesson plans. The student materials section includes: "Getting Started"; "Photograph Analysis Worksheet"; "Setting the Stage"; "Locating the Site" (Maps: New York State and surrounding region, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site); "Determining the Facts" (Readings: Vanderbilt Family Beginnings, Vanderbilts' Hyde Park Mansion, Vanderbilts as Philanthropists); "Visual Evidence" (Photos: six photos with various views of the Vanderbilt mansion); and "Putting It All Together" (Activities: How the Other Half Lived, Researching Personalities from the Gilded Age, Philanthropy in the Local Community). (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
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/78vanderbilt/78vanderbilt.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.