© 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
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
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
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
Internet Citation Formats
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (2005, January 1) CampSilos
Grout Museum Excursion.
Retrieved Month Day, Year from
the World Wide Web: http://www.campsilos.org/excursions/grout/
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. CampSilos Grout Museum
Excursion. 1 Jamuary 2005.
Day Month Year Accessed <http://campsilos.org/excursions/grout/>.
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