Archive for April, 2009

Sojourner Truth has become the first African American woman to be honored with a bust in the US Capitol.  The statue was unveiled today. 

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/28/sojourner.truth/index.html

This might be a good way to show your students how the things they study in history are still relevant today!

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The Virginia Historical Society is holding a summer institute on Virginia and the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  The institute will be held from July 13-17, 2009 in Richmond.  Textbooks and reading materials are free, and meals and lodging will be provided for out of town participants.  Participants will also receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the institute. 

All Virginia teachers (public and private, elementary and secondary) are eligible.  The target group is teachers of Virginia Studies, USII, and VA/US History. 

For more information or to apply online, visit http://www.vahistorical.org/education/education_teachers_institute.htm.  The application deadline is May 15, 2009.

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Check out the comments section under the VA Studies page.  There’s a link from Chris McElraft, who has several slideshows for VA Studies.  It’s always nice to have a new way to present information when reviewing!  Thanks for sharing Chris!

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Congratulations to Heather McCormick at James Hurst Elementary!  Heather has been chosen to serve on the 2009 SOL Assessment Review Committee for USI.  This year, the committee will meet in Glen Allen, VA.  Way to go Heather, we’re glad you’ll be there representing Portsmouth!

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The CWPT will hold it’s 8th annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009.  The institute will be held in Spotsylvania County, VA.  The weekend features workshops, battlefield tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, speakers, and entertainment.  Stipends are available for travel.  For more information, including a tentative schedule, visit http://www.civilwar.org/historyclassroom/hc_anntechinst.htm?HPF_rid=5126899&HPF_mid=2230_T1_Url12.

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I hope everyone has been enjoying their Spring Break!  It’s flown by!

There have been a couple of noteworthy stories in the news over the past few days.  The first one concerns Abraham Lincoln.  (Thanks to Mrs. Willis at Park View for pointing this story out to me.) 

There is a scientist who wants to test a piece of the blood stained pillowcase from the Lincoln assassination to (hopefully) discover whether or not Lincoln was suffering from a rare cancer when he was assassinated.  The pillowcase is currently on display at a museum in Philadelphia, and museum officials are debating whether or not to allow the tests.

The second story discusses the potential discovery of Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s final resting place. A team of archaeologists is preparing to excavate new ground at an Egyptian temple, which is believed to hold the bodies of Cleopatra and Antony.  So far, coins bearing Cleopatra’s image, an alabaster bust of the queen, and a mask believing to have belonged to Antony have been discovered at the site.

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Sarah has just finished up the review powerpoint for VS.10, which has been added to the VA Studies page.

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The review card for VS.9 has been posted.  Several people have asked about it.  It’s listed on the VA Studies page, and is the very last item under VS.9.

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Here’s an interesting story in today’s Huffington Post about the discovery of a  copy (dating to 1944-45) of a list f 801 men Oskar Schindler saved during the Holocuast.  It belonged to the author of Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally, and was used by Keneally when writing the book.

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Life has recently (as in the past couple of days) published never before seen photographs taken in Memphis on the day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.  A Life photgrapher and reporter happened to be in assignment in Alabama and rushed to the Lorraine Motel after hearing the news.  They had unrestricted access to Dr. King’s room, the motel, and surrounding area, which enabled them to take these photos.  The site includes a short description for each photo from the photographer, Henry Groskinsky. 

(Note:  It’s probably a good idea to preview the photos before showing them to students-a couple of them show people cleaning up the balcony where Dr. King was shot.)

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