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© 2005 Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. All rights reserved.
Made possible by a grant from the R. J. McElroy Trust

Many thanks to the organizations and individuals who granted permission to use photos, maps, drawings, illustrations and graphics to enhance this project. Thanks to the Grout Museum District staff members who shared their expertise and time:

Billie Bailey, Executive Director
Lynne Wagner, Director of Education
Robin Venter, Curator of Exhibits
Bob Neymeyer, Veterans Project Coordinator Lorraine Ihnen, Collection Curator Catreva Manning, Archivist

Interactive Internet-Delivered Training, L.L.C. production team members included:

Nicholle Stone - Web Developer
Jayne Z. Curtis - Graphic Designer
Joan M. Vandervelde - Instructional Designer
Dr. Lynn E. Nielsen - Instructional Designer
Karen Fletcher – School Librarian

Project Description

The Grout Museum District Excursion website is sponsored by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Upon entering this interactive educational website, students in grades 4-8 are transformed into historians as they explore primary source photographs, letters and artifacts related to the themes of immigration and agriculture-based industrialization in the heartland.

Specifically this website tells the story of the many farmers, factory workers and business leaders who with their families built the agriculture-based economy of the heartland. Students discover the complex connections between transportation, industrialization, and population distribution as they explore how the railroad, the factory, the farm and the community grew together to build a powerful and nationally visible agriculture-based economy in Waterloo, Iowa.

A sequence of diverse Web-based research activities and pre- and post-field trip lesson plans are linked to national standards in the areas of language arts, social studies and history.

Student activities and corresponding teacher lesson plans include varied learning activities supported by a problem-based approach to learning. Key features include links to national standards, virtual field trips, analysis of historic photographs, and interpretation of primary source documents.

How to Use This Web Site

This site is structured around two modules that focus on a historical theme and corresponding memorabilia held in the Grout Museum collections.

To access the resources of this site, titles of the four modules are listed on the top of each screen. A dropdown menu provides links to the four subsections of each module as follows:

Be a Historian – Activities guide student historians as they use historic resources to solve the module problem or activity.
Teacher Pages - Includes lesson plans, teacher resources and links to national standards.
Library - Provides a list of books related to the module theme.

Site map and search features are linked from the upper right hand corner of each student and teacher page. Clicking on the site map link will take the user to the appropriate activity, lesson plan, or resource. Educators may find it beneficial to print the site map and place in a lesson plan book for easy access when seeking Web-based teacher resources.

Internet Citation Formats

APA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (2005, January 1) CampSilos Grout Museum Excursion.
      Retrieved Month Day, Year from the World Wide Web:

MLA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. CampSilos Grout Museum Excursion. 1 Jamuary 2005.
     Day Month Year Accessed <>.

Contact Information:

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Post Office Box 2845
Waterloo, Iowa 50704-2845
Voice: (319) 234-4567
FAX: (319) 234-8228

For permission to use the copyrighted photographs, please contact:
Grout Museum District
503 South Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
phone: (319) 234-6357
fax: (319) 236-0500

Last Updated: November 1, 2004
Pages created: November 1, 2004


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