© 2002 Silos and
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. Without the help of the following History Center staff
members who shared their expertise and time, this Web site would not
have been possible:
Martha Aldridge, Interim Executive Director
Lisa Randolph, Director of Education
Chris Kastell, Former Chief Curator
Bev Redford, Library Volunteer
Bob Drahozal, Library Volunteer
Thanks also to staff members at Ushers Ferry Historic Village and
Brucemore Historic Site who contributed to this project:
Ann Cejka, Program Coordinator, Ushers Ferry Historic Village,
Cedar Rapids IA
Jennifer Pustz, Historian, Brucemore Historic Site and Cultural
Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Training, L.L.C. production team members included:
Nicholle Stone - Web Developer
Jayne Z. Curtis - Graphic Designer
Karen Parker, Media Specialist
Joan M. Vandervelde - Instructional Designer
Dr. Lynn E. Nielsen - Instructional Designer
History Center Excursions is sponsored by Silos and Smokestacks National
Heritage Area. This interactive educational Web site transforms students
in grades 4-8 into museum curators as they explore historic photographs,
letters and artifacts related to the themes of archaeology, pioneer
women, farming and industrialization in the heartland. 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 four modules that focus on a historical
theme and a corresponding personality whose materials and memorabilia
are held in the History Center collections:
Archaeology - Jay G. Sigmund
Pioneer Women - Jane Kelsey
Farming - Beulah Usher
Industrialization - George B. Douglas
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 Curator - Guides student curators as they solve the
key problem of the module.
Documents - Provides historic resources students will use
when solving the module problem.
Teacher Pages - Includes lesson plans, teacher resources
and links to national standards.
Media Center - Provides a list of books and websites 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
Internet Citation Formats
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (2002, October 1) CampSilos
History Center Excursion.
Retrieved Month Day, Year from
the World Wide Web: http://campsilos.org/excursions/hc/
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. CampSilos History Center
Excursion. 1 October 2002.
Day Month Year Accessed <http://campsilos.org/>.
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:
The History Center
615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Last Updated: October 6, 2002
Pages created: October 1, 2002