Finding Missouri: Our History & Heritage

Missouri Heritage Project

The Missouri Heritage Project is available to anyone who wants to learn more about our state's history. It consists of 19 video units that explore the excitement and drama of Missouri History. Come along as we take you and your students on great adventures.

Unit 1: Series Introduction

Introduction

Professional Development

Consider designating an hour or two within a professional development inservice or staff meeting to watch Unit  #1 and/or #19, and to brainstorm, in groups, cross-curriculum lesson plans and project ideas students from each grade level could do with the Finding Missouri series, Missouri studies and local history projects

Developing Activities

The videos may be used in United States history courses as a tool to show how events in the history of the nation affected and were affected by events in Missouri.

Student Research Projects

Following is an approach teachers might use with the Finding Missouri videos in developing a major unit that challenges students to conduct historical research:

1. Present students with the topic of the program, which may also be the topic of their unit.

2. Have students generate questions of interest to them about the topic.

3. Present and have students observe the video.

4. Have students expand on the questions they identified in Step 2.

5. The questions may be placed on cards or separate sheets to facilitate sorting and organizing into some sort of logical outline.

6. Discuss the importance of each of the questions, and eliminate any questions students consider to be unimportant.

7. Help students organize themselves into small groups to investigate whichever questions they would like to investigate.

8. Provide resource information (see attached Bibliography) to assist students in conducting research on topics of their choice.

9. Engage students in their small groups and as a class in discussion of strategies they might use to investigate their research topics. While conducting that discussion, have students plan how they would present their ideas, whether by poster display, oral report, dramatization, or written booklet or magazine, and for whom, e.g., for classmates, other students in the school, and/or parents and other members of the community. They might decide to have their projects used in conjunction with History Day. One resource that may be used prior to this discussion is the video for Program 19, which deals with how to conduct historical research and present findings.

10. Have students draft plans for how they will conduct their research and submit their plans for teacher reaction and approval. Their plans should include criteria for evaluating the quality of their research efforts.

11. Students conduct their research.

12. The teacher monitors student research efforts and helps students evaluate and modify their processes, as needed.

13. Students make their presentations to the audiences for whom they conducted their research.

14. Celebrate the students’ good work!


To Obtain Additional Information:

  • Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
    P.O. Box 480
    Jefferson City, MO 65102 
    (573) 751-3469
     
  • Department of Natural Resources 
    Historic Preservation Program
    P.O. Box 176
    Jefferson City, MO 65102  
    Phone:  573-751-7959

For more information about the historic or prehistoric places featured in the Finding Missouri videos, call the Historic Preservation Program at (573) 751-7861 or (573) 751-7959.

This video series was partially funded by a federal grant from the Missouri Department of Natural  Resources’ Historic Preservation Program and the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and with state funds through the Video Instructional Development and Educational Opportunity Program. Grant awards do not imply an endorsement of the contents by the grantor. Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, handicap or ethnicity. For more information, write to the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. This program was produced by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Unit 2: The Lay of the Land

A Discussion of the Geology & Geography of Missouri

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

Bibliography

  • Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri
    Beveridge, Thomas R
    MO Department of Natural Resources
    Rolla, MO
    1980
  • Missouri, The Heart of the Nation
    Parrish, William E.;
    Jones, Charles T.;
    Christensen, Lawrence O.
    Harian Davidson Inc.
    Arlington Heights, IL
    1992
  • The Biodiversity of Missouri
    Nigh, Timothy A.
    MO Department of Conservation
    Jefferson City, MO
    1992

Online Resources

Unit 3: The Ancient Ones

Missouri's Oldest Cultures

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  | Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Agricultural societies
  • The Mastodon State Park
  • Native American burial mounds
  • Archeologist Gerard Fowke  (1865-1933)
  • Miller Cave
  • The Paleoindian Period
  • Climate changes
  • The Mississippian Period
  • Pottery
  • Disappearance of Missouri's Native American Mound structures
  • St. Louis Academy of Science
  • Early tools
  • Native Americans
  • The Woodland Period
  • Glaciers

Bibliography

  • Indians and Archaeology of Missouri
    Chapman, Carol Haley
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, MO
    1964
  • Cat Monsters and Head Pots: The Archaeology of Missouri’s Pemiscot Bayou
    O’Brien, Michael J.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, MO
    1994
  • Prehistory of Missouri
    O’Brien, Michael J.; and Wood, Raymond W.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, MO
    1998

Online Resources

Teachers.net Lesson Plans

Unit 4: A Meeting of Cultures

Native American & European Cultures

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • American Federal Style Architecture
  • Early farming
  • Felix Valle House
  • French architecture
  • Lead mining
  • Louis Bolduc Home
  • Mississippi River
  • Native American Commerce
  • Spanish Ownership

Bibliography

  • A Meeting of Cultures
    Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An Adventure on the Mississippi Frontier
    Patrice Press
    Gerald, Mo.
    1985
  • The Story of Old Ste. Genevieve
    Franzwa, Gregory M.
    Patrice Press
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1973

Resources

Unit 5: Gateway West

The coming of the Americans, Lewis & Clark, & the Louisiana Purchase, from Ft. Osage

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

 Watch video via YouTube  |   Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Clark's Treaty with the Osage
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Father Jacques Marquette
  • Meriwether Lewis
    William Clark
  • Fort Osage
  • Osage Chief "Big Soldier"
    George Sibley
  • Osage Indians

Bibliography

  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark Expedition 
    Moulton, Gary, editor
    University of Nebraska Press
    Lincoln, Neb.
    1988
  • The Genesis of Missouri
    Foley, William E.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1989
  • Fort Osage, The Opening of the American West
    Wooldridge, Rhonda
    Independence Press
    Independence, Mo.
    1983
  • Undaunted Courage
    Ambrose, Stephen
    Simon & Schuster
    New York, N.Y.
    1996
  • Westward with the Dragoons
    Gregg, Kate, editor
    Fulton, Mo.
    1937

Resources

Lesson Plans

Unit 6: A State is Born

Law comes to the frontier at the first State Capital in St. Charles.

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

 Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Research Topics

  • Alexander McNair
  • Missouri Limestone
  • "Territory vs. State"
  • Burning of the Capitol
  • Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City
  • The First State Capitol in St. Charles
  • House of Representatives
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820
  • William Clark
  • Missouri's First Legislature
  • Senate 

Bibliography

  • William Clark: A New Perspective of Missouri Territorial Politics
    Steffen, Jerome 
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
    1972
  • Three Missouri State and Statehood Founders
    Shoemaker, Floyd
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
    1970
  • The American Territorial System: Missouri’s Experience
    Foley, William E.
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
    1970
  • The Admission of Missouri
    March, David
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
    1970

Resources

Unit 7: Coming to Missouri

A celebration of our immigrant past hosted in Hermann

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

​​​ Watch video via YouTube  |   Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • The American Dream

  • German Fest

  • The Manifest at Deutschheim

  • German Immigration

  • Hermann, MO

  • Godfreid Duden

  • Deutchschheim State Historic Site

  • "Emigration Fever"

  • Agriculture (grapes)

  • German Traditions

  • German Culture

  • German Architecture

  • Westphalia, MO

  • Henrietta (Jette) & Dr. Bernard Bruns

  • The Bruns Home, Westphalia

Bibliography

  • German Settlement in Missouri, New Lands, Old Ways
    Burnett, Robyn and Luebbering, Ken
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1996

  • Report on a Journey to the Western States
    of North America

    Duden, Gottfried
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1980

  • Hold Dear, As Always, Jetta, A German Immigrant Life in Letters
    Schroeder, Adolf E. and Schultz-Gelsberg, Carla
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1998

Lesson Plans

Online Resources

Unit 8: Coming Through

Explore the lives of three men as Missourians explore trails west in Arrow Rock

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Arrow Rock, MO
  • William Becknell
  • Westward Migration
  • Franklin, MO
  • The Santa Fe Trail
  • Santa Fe, (NM) Trade
  • Mexican Silver and Gold Coins
  • Spanish Territory
  • Mexican Independence impact on Missouri
  • Fur Trade
  • Importation of Missouri Mules
  • George Caleb Bingham
  • Dr. John Sappington
  • Malaria
  • "bleeding patients"
  • Quinine
  • The Theory and Treatment of Fevers

 Resources

Bibliography

  • Bingham, Fighting Artist
    Larkin, Lew
    Burton
    Kansas City, Mo.
    1954
  • The Drawings of George Caleb Bingham
    Bloch, E. Maurice
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1975
  • Arrow Rock, Where Wheels Started West
    Hamilton, Jean Tyree
    Guard Printing and Publishing
    Centralia, Mo.
    1963
  • The Sante Fe Trail Revisited
    Franzwa, Gregory M.
    Patrice Press
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1989
Unit 9: Portrait of a River Town

Explore Missouri Society with Mark Twain in Hannibal

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Hannibal
  • St. Louis
  • Steamboats
  • Mississippi River
  • "Mark Twain"
  • Fathoms
  • Samuel Clemons
  • Type setting
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Resources

Bibliography

  • The Selected Letters of Mark Twain
    Twain, Mark
    Harper & Row
    New York, N.Y.
    1986
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    Neider, Charles, editor
    Harper Perennial
    New York, N.Y.
    1959
  • Hannibal Too: Historic Sketches of Hannibal and Its Neighbors
    Hagwood, J. Hurley
    Walsworth Publishing Company
    Marceline, Mo.
    1986
Unit 10: What Do We Stand For?

Slavery, Dred Scott & the Old Courthouse

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  | Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Slavery
  • Dred Scott
  • Harriet Scott
  • Dred Scott vs. Irene Emerson
  • The Old St. Louis Courthouse
  • Taylor Blow
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Roger Taney
  • Missouri Compromise
  • John Berry Mechem
  • Anti-Black Education Law

Lesson Plans

Resources

Bibliography

  • Missouri Black Heritage
    Greene, Lorenzo Johnson; Kremer, Gary R.; 
    Holland, Antonio F.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1993
  • No Crystal Stair: The Story of Thirteen African Americans Who Once Called St. Louis Home
    Wright, John A.
    Ferguson-Florissant School District
    Ferguson, Mo.
    1988
  • The Dred Scot Case
    The Black Heritage Library Collection
    Ayer Co
    Salem, N.H.
    1991
Unit 11: Divided & Torn

The Civil War rages at Wilson's Creek

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses

 Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • General Sterling Price
  • General Nathaniel Lyons
  • Wilson's Creek
  • Claiborne Fox Jackson
  • Federal Arsenal - St. Louis
  • Mexican War
  • Planter's House Hotel - St. Louis
  • State Guardsman
  • Colonel Franz Sigel
  • Confederates
  • Union

Bibliography

  • In Deadly Earnest 
    Gottschalk, Phil
    Missouri River Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1991

Lesson Plans

  • U.S. Trek: The Odyssey - The Civil War (K-6)
  • U.S. Trek: The Odyssey - The Civil War (7-12)

Resources

Unit 12: Changing Places

Women change their roles

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Mansfield, MO
  • Almanzo Wilder
  • Climate
  • Agriculture
  • Missouri Ozarks
  • "Big Chief" notebook
  • Rose Wilder Lane
  • Rocky Ridge Farm
  • Women Suffrage
  • National Women's Rights
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • University City, MO - City Hall
  • Women's Magazine
  • E.G. Lewis
  • American's Women League

Lesson Plans

Online Resources

Bibliography

  • Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement
    Catt, Carrie Chapman
    Scribner
    New York, N.Y.
    1923
  • Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights
    DuBols, Ellen Carol
    New York, University Press
    New York, N.Y.
    1998
  • Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend
    Miller, John E.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1979
  • The Capitol of the Women of America
    Hamilton, Esley
    Preservation Issues
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Program
    Vol. 5, No. 2
Unit 13: Growth Of The Cities

Explore our State's Urban Centers

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript 

Possible Research Topics

  • St. Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Wainwright Building
  • The World's First Sky Scraper
  • Louis Sullivan
  • Architecture
  • St. Louis Arch
  • James Eads
  • Railroad effects on commerce
  • Mississippi River 
  • Kansas City Stockyards
  • L.V. Morse
  • James Joy
  • City Market, Kansas City
  • Economic Supply and Demand
  • J.C. Nichols
  • George Kessler
  • Kansas City Country Club Plaza
  • Park and Boulevard System 

Resources

  • St. Louis History
    This is a brief history of St. Louis with photos and graphics.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Kansas City, Missouri, 1895-1957
    This website offers up an interesting surrogate. These digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Kansas City are provided as a public service by the Kansas City Public Library, and they consist of over 1,200 individual pages. The site includes a historical essay on the maps, a tutorial for guidance, and resources for students and teachers.
  • Rivers, Rails and Trails: Kansas City before UMKC
    The University of Missouri-Kansas City has created this rather novel online exhibit that explores the world of Kansas City before the creation of this educational institution. The interactive map portion of the site features the map, complete with postcards that illustrate various aspects of the city's development during the early 20th century. Visitors can click on a postcard of the city's beautiful Paseo Boulevard, the stock yards, and Swope Park. Along the way, users will learn about local history, urban transportation, and the "City Beautiful" movement.

Bibliography

  • JC Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City
    Worley, William
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1993
  • A Legacy of Design: A Historical Survey of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Boulevards System, 1893-1940
    Lee, Janice; Boutros, David; White, Charlotte R.; Wolfenbarger, Deon; editors
    Kansas City Center for Design Education and Research in cooperation with the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection 
    Kansas City, Mo.
    1995
  • St. Louis Lost: Uncovering the City’s Lost Architectural Treasures
    Bartley, Mary
    Virginia Publishing
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1998
  • What About Kansas City: A Historical Handbook
    DeAngelo, Dory
    Two Lane Press
    Kansas City, Mo.
    1995
  • The Eads Bridge
    Scott, Quinta
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1979
Unit 14: Come To The Fair

Technology at the 1904 World's Fair

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript 

Possible Research Topics

  • David Roland Francis
  • Architecture
  • St. Louis' Forest Park
  • Washington University
  • 1904 Olympic Games
  • Forest Park
  • Palace of Education
  • Palace of Manufacturers
  • Anthropology
  • Motion Picture
  • The South African Boer War
  • Palace of Electricity
  • Thomas Edison
  • Tape Recorder
  • X-ray
  • The St. Louis Art Museum
  • The Cascades

Resources

Bibliography

  • Louisiana and the Fair: An Exposition of the World, Its People and Their Achievement
    Buel, James
    St. Louis Worlds Publishing Company
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1905
  • Remembering the St. Louis World’s Fair
    Witherspoon, Margaret Johnson
    Folkestone Press
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1973.
  • The St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904: In Commemoration of the Acquisition of the Louisiana Territory
    Kurtz, Charles M.
    Gottschalk Printing Company
    St. Louis, Mo.
    1904
Unit 15: Old Routes New Trails

Explore the Changing Face of Transportation on Old Route 66

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Route 66
  • National Highway System
  • John Carr
  • Neon Signs
  • North Atlantic Trade Organization
  • Urbanization
  • The American Dream of the "Open Road"
  • "The Mother Road"
  • Cultural Icon
  • State vs. county and interstate
  • Osage Indian Trail
  • Route 66 State Park
  • Times Beach, Missouri
  • Art Deco
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Lester Dill
  • "Painted barn" advertisements
  • Jesse James
  • German Autobahn

Resources

Bibliography

  • Route 66: The Mother Road
    Wallis, Michael
    St. Martins Press
    New York, N.Y.
    1990
  • Route 66 Remembered
    Witzel, Michael Karl
    Motorbooks International
    Osceola, Wi.
    1996
  • Tales From the Coral Court: Photos and Stories from a Lost Route 66 Landmark
    Graham, Shellee
    Virginia Publishing
    St. Louis, Mo.
    2000
Unit 16: The View From Independence

A Missourian in the White House

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Watch video via YouTube  |  Transcript

Research Topics

  • Hitler's Nazi Germany
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Oval Office
  • Harry S. Truman Library
  • Bess Wallace Truman
  • Missouri Farming
  • Rural Missouri
  • Lamar, MO
  • Independence, MO
  • Grandview, MO
  • Truman values and famous sayings
  • WW I
  • Victorian Architecture
  • WW II
  • 219 N. Delaware, Independence, MO
  • Anthony Eden, British Foreign Secretary
  • Atomic Bomb
  • North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO)
  • Korean War
  • The Marshall Plan
  • United Nations
  • Executive Order Ending Racial Discrimination in the Armed Forces & Federal Government

Lesson Plans

  • The Truman Library
    This site contains a wealth of lesson plan materials for K-12 including a student guide, student projects, teacher resources, classroom web pages, interactive games, Truman 4 Primary (gr. 1-4)
    • Kids, TrackStar Interactive Internet Lessons, teacher features, a “Time and Place Web Ring” with social studies web sites, social studies lesson plans other than Truman-related and many more resources. Show-Me Standards are included with lesson plans.

Resources

Bibliography

  • Dear Bess: the Letters from Harry to Bess Truman 1910-1959
    Ferrell, Robert, editor
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1983
  • Truman 
    McCullough, David
    Simon and Schuster
    New York, N.Y.
    1992
Unit 17: We Shall Overcome

Missourians Stand Up for Their Civil Rights.

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Kansas City Jazz
  • Negro League's Baseball Museum
  • 18th & Vine
  • Segregation Laws
  • 1920's growth of the cities
  • Kansas City Monarchs
  • The American Jazz Museum
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Charlie Parker
  • The Blue Room
  • Sharecroppers
  • Boot heel
  • Reverend Owen Whitfield
  • Labor movement
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Civil Rights
  • Ivory Perry
  • St. Louis Chapter of the Congress of
  • Racial Equality (CORE)
  • Hiring Discrimination
  • 1968 Kansas City Riots
  • School Desegregation
  • The Gem Theater - "The Jewel of 18th & Vine"
  • Lincoln School of Vandalia, MO

Lesson Plans

Resources

Bibliography

  • Missouri Black Heritage   
    Greene, Lorenzo Johnson; Kremer, Gary R.;
    Holland, Antonio F.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
    1993
  • ‘‘Homeless, Homeless are we’’
    Mitchell, Steve
    Preservation Issues
    Vol. 3, No. 1
    ‘‘Separate ... but Not Equal’’
    Fleming, Beverly
    Preservation Issues
    Vol. 5, No. 1
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources,  Historic Preservation Program
  • The Lincoln School News
    Acuff, Freda and Givens, Rev. Wm.
    Vandalia, Mo.
    Vol. 1, No. 1
    1996
Unit 18: Missouri Resources

The Natural Environment Preserved

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 Watch video via YouTube  |   Transcript

Possible Research Topics

  • Soil Erosion
  • Wetlands
  • Ozark's Timberlands
  • "The Era of the Big Cut"
  • Crosscut Saw & Broad Ax
  • Drought of 1935
  • Forest Fires
  • Mingo State Animal Refuge
  • Agriculture
  • The Department of Conservation
  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • Governor Hadley
  • State Park Lands

Resources

Lesson Plans

Bibliography

  • The First Fifty Years 
    Keefe, James F.
    Missouri Department of Conservation
    Jefferson City, Mo.
    1987
Unit 19: History Begins at Home

Students Preserve Cultural Heritage

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Possible Research Topics

  • Pulaski County Courthouse
  • Waynesville, Missouri
  • Primary documents
  • Archeology
  • Stagecoach
  • Oral histories
  • Historic restoration
  • Artifacts
  • Probate records
  • State Archives

Project Ideas

  • Research area post offices from years ago that were in towns that may not exist today. See “Missouri Postal History Society"
  • Interview, with video camera or cassette tape, the oldest person, a WW II veteran, or a unique person who knows history well in your community
  • Investigate any old buildings or one-room school buildings.
  • Search through very old yearbooks or information about your school district or schools in your area for project idea starters.
  • Contact your local newspaper to read old newspapers for a project idea starter.
  • Research how your town was named.
  • Contact your County Historical Society for project ideas.

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