Monday, September 26, 2011

Educator News from the Historical Society

Welcome back to school!

The Historical Society is excited for our fantastic slate of programs and exhibits coming up in 2011-2012. This special issue of the Inquirer is a sneak peek into what’s coming to our Tacoma museum this school year. Read on to find out what’s happening in history!

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:
1) Jumping Trains and Fighting Planes—Sign up NOW for Ghosts of the Great Hall!
2) Visit the moon (or a piece of it) this October…
3) Looking Ahead—New Exhibits at the History Museum…
4) Teacher Workshops and Opportunities
5) Contact Us


1) Jumping Trains and Fighting Planes—Sign up NOW for Ghosts of the Great Hall!

This year, we bring not one but two exciting new Ghosts of the Great Hall programs to the History Museum’s galleries. Your students will thrill to the adventures of historic characters as performed by professional actors. Questions about their lives and times are encouraged as part of these dramatic, interactive presentations.

Book NOW for:

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight
Wednesdays only: November 2, 9, 16, & 30, 2011

“Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” uncovers the story of African Americans who overcame enormous obstacles to get into aviation. These pioneers defied convention, broke through social barriers, and opened up new worlds of possibility for future generations. Characters performed include an early African American “barnstormer,” a Tuskegee Airman, and an aerospace industry worker.

This program complements the featured exhibit, “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” (through January 16, 2012). Sponsored by the Smithsonian Community Grant program and the MetLife Foundation.

Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression
Wednesdays only: February 29, March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2012

Dance to the tunes of the Great Depression in this Ghosts of the Great Hall program. Hobos, dance marathoners, and hunger marchers will reveal the hope behind the hardships of the 1930s with period music and exciting stories about life in difficult times.

This program complements the special exhibition “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression” (opening February 2012).

To find out more, visit our website: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/education/fieldtrips.aspx.

2) Visit the moon (or a piece of it) this October…

Have you ever wanted to see an artifact from the moon? To celebrate the opening of Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight, the Washington State moon rock will be on display on Saturday, October 15 only. Beginning at 1 pm, WSHM staff will be present to share the stories behind this curious object as well as the sights and sounds of this exciting time in aviation history.

3) Looking Ahead—New Exhibits at the History Museum!

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight
October 15, 2011 to January 16, 2012

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight uncovers the story of African Americans who overcame enormous obstacles to break into aviation. From the thrilling barnstormers of the early 1920s to the daring astronauts of the 21st century, these pioneers defied convention, broke through social barriers, and opened up new worlds of possibility for future generations. Organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Service with generous support from the MetLife Foundation.

Mason and the Mummy
October 20, 2012 to November 30, 2012

Please note: this exhibit will close briefly in November of 2011 for exhibit conservation and reopen in December 2011.
Who was Allen C. Mason and why did he donate a mummy to the Washington State Historical Society? Come unearth the mysteries behind Ankh-Wennefer and his journey from Akhmim, Egypt to Tacoma. Organized by the Washington State History Museum.

Catharine Paine Blaine: Seneca Falls and Washington Women’s Rights
October 20, 2011 to December 11, 2012

Catharine Paine Blaine was one of the first Methodist missionaries in Seattle. As one of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments, Catharine held strong views about women’s rights, voting in Washington state long before other woman gained that right. A joint project of the Washington State Historical Society/Women’s History Consortium and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park of the National Park Service.

Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression
Opens February 16, 2012

How did ordinary people deal with the hardship of the Great Depression? What parallels are there between the 1930s and the 2000s? Explore how communities came together to cope with this troubled era in “Hope in Hard Times.” Organized by the Washington State History Museum.

4) Teacher Workshops and Opportunities
There are some great teacher workshops coming up this fall! Read on to find out how you can participate:

EDUCATOR DAY AT THE MUSEUM

Tacoma’s popular evening event Educator Night at the Museum is expanding this year into a whole day for educators! Join us for Educator Day at the Museum at Tacoma Art Museum on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am–2 pm.

Discover the educational resources of approximately 30 of your local arts, history, science, and cultural organizations while enjoying complimentary coffee and cookies. Enter a raffle for exciting prizes, explore Tacoma Art Museum’s galleries and also enjoy complimentary admission from 10 am-2 pm at partner organizations the Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Foss Waterway Seaport by picking up a pass at their booths while supplies last.

Participating organizations include: Broadway Performance Center, Creative Educational Experiences, Fireside Storytellers' League, Foss Waterway Seaport, Heritage League of Pierce County, Karen Haas Living History, Museum of Glass, Pierce County Library, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Puget Sound Writing Project, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Youth Symphony, The News Tribune, Newspapers in Education, Washington State Archives, Washington State History Museum.... And more!

Admission to Tacoma Art Museum is free all day October 1 for educators. Please RSVP with your name, school, and grade(s)/subject(s) taught to Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org. Still have questions? Email Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org or call 253.722.2455.


WASHINGTON HISTORY DAY WORKSHOP

Saturday, October 15, 2011
At Delta High School,
901 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


For educators new to Washington History Day, our teacher workshops are a great way to learn not only the basics of the program, but also the key elements in creating a History Day project and how History Day meets Washington State Classroom Based Assessment requirements. You will work together in small groups to complete a typical exhibit board that will be shared with everyone at the end of the day.

This workshop provides educators the tools to successfully implement History Day in the classroom, project preparation, source analysis, research resources and more. Earn clock hours and enjoy learning new techniques while connecting with other teachers. Email to register! Space is limited and registration is required.

We are also hosting 2 workshops that all teachers involved with History Day will enjoy:

History Day Teachers Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, October 8
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
at the Washington State Archives in Olympia


Explore the 2012 History Day theme – Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History – as well as the use and interpretation of primary and secondary research sources in their application to student products. This workshop will also be valuable for teachers seeking to integrate primary sources into their CBA units. FREE OF CHARGE

Basics of Historical Research
Saturday, October 29
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch in Bellevue


The Basics of Historical Research is open to both teachers and students. Learn the basic steps for gathering information needed to investigate and interpret an historical topic for a classroom based assessment (CBA) or History Day project. FREE OF CHARGE

Contact Mark Vessey at 360-586-0219 or mvessey@wshs.wa.gov to place your reservation.

5) Contact Us

For more information about the Museum’s educational programs or offerings, visit our website at WashingtonHistory.org. General questions can be directed to us at schoolprograms@wshs.wa.gov. The History Museum can be found on Facebook and Twitter at HistoryMuseum—friend us there to receive the most up-to-date information.

This issue brought to you by Gwen Perkins, Education Specialist. To reach Gwen directly, email schoolprograms@wshs.wa.gov or call 253.798.5927.

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