The History Center Excursion Navigation




© 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

Interactive Internet-Delivered 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

Project Description

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 teacher resources.

Internet Citation Formats

APA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (2002, October 1) CampSilos History Center Excursion.
      Retrieved Month Day, Year from the World Wide Web:

MLA Reference:
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. CampSilos History Center Excursion. 1 October 2002.
     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:
The History Center
615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
phone: 319-362-1501
fax: 319-362-6790

Last Updated: October 6, 2002
Pages created: October 1, 2002


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