Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

The Power of Primary Sources

Posted on: April 25, 2010

Discovering the “facts” behind historical fiction captures my attention.   When I read  Jamie Ford’s The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet I began searching Ansel Adams Manzanar photos to find photos  representative of scenes described in the Minidoka  internment camp portion of the novel. I got excited when I learned the Hotel is a real place where you can go for tea or to see artifacts the Japanese families left behind when they were removed from Seattle.    A few hours later the Wall Street Journal arrived with an article about the Minidoka Swing band, a group comprised on musicians who may have lived in an internment camp or are children of parents who were interred. The timing of the article was an exciting  coincidence. (WSJ, March 6, 2010)

Today I went searching for the  homes and buildings that are the setting for Jane Kirkpatrick’s An Absence so Great.  The Bauer and Gaeble homes are homes to Winona families today,  just as they were in 1915.  The Bauer Photography Studio and the Polonia Studio have been replaced by newer buildings.   What fun to find an adds for both photography studios in the Winona Newspaper archives.

Primary sources abound all around us; they are abundant on the web.   They have the power to inspire creative teaching ideas, enhance student learning, and help students learn more about their communities.

Want to learn more?  The next session of an online class to help you find digital primary sources and develop teaching activities begins soon.

Learn more about the online course!
Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources
Comments from Past Students

Register Online: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.cfm

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