Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Primary Sources are all around us

Posted on: February 12, 2011

Primary sources are all around us.  They are our documents, letters, emails, home videos, ticket stubs, airplane tickets, greeting cards, legal documents, receipts and so much more that we generate or acquire on a daily basis.    I see photos and old menus on display in restaurants, old medical records displayed in the local hospital, spice tins and catalogs at the J.R. Watkins Museum.   Primary sources tell a story.   Not too long ago I cleaned out a kitchen junk drawer.    Most was worth saving.  There was a postcard a family member sent from Kenya; a Homer Hanky from a Minnesota Twins World Series game, a list of meat products available  from the Buffalo ranch where our cat Cody was born, an old ID photo.

Creating a display of personal primary sources is a favorite activity in Teaching with Primary Sources. The next course begins in June! See what former students have to say.

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

Junk drawer

Primary Sources are all Around You

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