ERIC Number: ED477748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Teacher's Guide to the Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson put together his own group to explore the new territory under the leadership of Captain Meriwether Lewis. After receiving training in how to make scientific observations and collect specimens, Lewis and Captain William Clark, and their small group of frontiersmen, set off in 1804 with Sacajawea as their guide to explore the land up the Missouri River and over the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. As the need grew to have a more organized and accurate approach to exploration, the government added topographical engineers to the peacetime Army in 1816. By the time their work was taken over by civilians in 1879, military explorers had mapped, explored, and described the entire trans-Mississippi. For over 30 years, the region around Fort Leavenworth was known as the "Permanent Indian Frontier" for the Plains Indians and the immigrant eastern tribes who had been relocated west of the 95th meridian. Fort Leavenworth was established in 1827 by Colonel Henry Leavenworth. This teacher's guide to the Fort Leavenworth Museum contains seven sections: (1) "Army Explorers of the 19th Century"; (2) "Army Exploration of the 19th Century"; (3) "Fort Leavenworth History"; (4) "Lesson Plan 1 Topographical Explorations" (Handout A); (5) "Lesson Plan 2 Railroad Surveys" (Handout A); (6) "Lesson Plan 3 Timelines"; (7) "Lesson Plan 4 Fort Leavenworth and Steamboats" (Handout A). (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Frontier History, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Material Culture, Military Personnel, Physical Geography, Primary Sources, Social Studies, United States History
Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027. Tel: 913-684-3186. For full text: http://leav-www.army.mil/museum/teachers_guide.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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