Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Primary Sources: Right around the corner

Posted on: August 18, 2011

It’s human nature to sometimes ignore what’s right in front of us.  Perhaps we think we need to go to a large museum or library in a large city to find primary sources. But, primary sources are  right around the corner.  A few days ago we visited the  160 year old Pickwick mill in Winona County. It operated 24 hours a day during the Civil War.  It’s  packed full of interesting  equipment and artifacts. Those unable to visit the mill in person can view videos of the waterwheel in operation and read about the history on the mill’s web site.  The mill also has thousands of photos just waiting to be digitized.

Primary sources are all around us and right next door! Students in Teaching with Primary Sources  are amazed and have fun  discovering primary sources in  their communities and in learning how they can use them.  It’s incredible what I’ve learned about my neighborhood not only during the local history module, but the entire class.”

Learn more about Teaching with Primary Sources, an online class  for teachers of all content areas and students of all ages.
Register Online: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.cfm
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