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ERIC Number: EJ981622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
The Youth Preservation League
Morris, Ronald Vaughan
International Journal of Social Education, v23 n2 p163-179 Fall-Win 2008
In the town of Madison, Indiana, the Mayor's Office started an initiative in 2000 called the Mayor's Eagles in partnership with Edward Eagleston Elementary School, known locally as the Eagles, using the historical expertise of Historic Madison, Inc., and the resources of the Madison Public Library. Through this program staff of Historic Madison, Inc., the Junior Preservation League introduces students to historic preservation, architecture, and Madison's built environment. Students tour historic buildings and, through a look-and-learn approach, are introduced to the many facets of historic preservation. This non-traditional way to look at Madison's architecture and design integrates creative activities to create fun and interesting ways of learning about old buildings, and encourages the community to develop pro-civic attitudes and actions in youthful citizens. The students meet every fortnight after school in the spring when they walk out of their classroom and into their community to investigate, learn, and share the results of their investigations. Based on inquiry, the students work within the community to determine the history of buildings in their area. The Junior Preservation League provides an important service-learning type of program for the community. The Junior Preservation League is important for teachers and museum educators because it provides an example for elementary students to learn about democratic and citizenship education in their own communities. (Contains 11 notes and 1 figure.)
International Journal of Social Education. Ball State University, Department of History, Muncie, IN 47306. Tel: 765-285-8700; Fax: 765-285-5612; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana