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History Underground: How Archaeologists Use Primary Sources

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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Join a professional archaeologist to learn all about what goes on before archaeologists start digging in the ground. Months of planning and research go into planning an excavation. In this program, you’ll hear real oral histories from Portsmouth’s Eastern European Jewish immigrants about the traditions they brought with them. Explore real historic maps, modern satellite imagery, and remote sensing data.  See images and artifacts from an archaeological excavation. Learn about the Jewish tradition of ritual bathing and why it was important for a community to establish a place to continue this tradition.

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Cost

Point to Point: $100.00
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Strawbery Banke is offering flexible pricing that offers a pay what you can model for the 2020-2021 school year. When registering schools can tell the museum what they can pay (from $0 - $100 per program) and that request will be honored, with no questions asked.

Length

Flexible, 30 - 60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

1

Maximum participants:

There can be up to 80 students in one program, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Contact:
Rebecca Coppola
bcoppola@sbmuseum.org
6034227541

Program Details

Format

1. Begin with a brief introduction to Strawbery Banke Museum and hear how archaeological excavations since the 1960s have contributed to museum interpretation.
2. We then learn about the early 20th century Jewish community in the neighborhood, who went from a small prayer group to founding a synagogue, opened Kosher butcher shops and Hebrew schools, and continued various Orthodox traditions.
3. We’ll use a variety of resources to figure out where we would dig on the museum grounds to find a house that was once owned by the board of Temple Israel and later razed during Urban Renewal. Students will be able to view various materials and can discuss in small groups where they would locate the excavation before indicating on modern satellite imagery where they believe they would find the remnants of the house.
4. The archaeologist will reveal the true location of the house and show the students what was uncovered in a recent excavation: the base of a Jewish ritual bath called a mikveh.
5. We will discuss why the mikveh was left out of traditional historic records, why archaeological research is important, and what it meant to the Jewish descendant community in Portsmouth to recover this information.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Objectives

Students will:
- examine primary sources related to archaeological and historical research.
- practice using deductive reasoning to form a hypothesis.
- understand how a community maintains traditions in a new place.
- imagine what it was like for previous generations to live at a different time.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.7 -- Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RI.2 -- Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RI.7 -- Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.7 -- Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.2 -- Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.7 -- Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.2 -- Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.7 -- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.7 -- Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RI.2 -- Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RI.7 -- Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

From the C3 Frameworks for Social Studies
D2.Geo.2.6-8. Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics
D2.Geo.5.6-8. Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
D2.Geo.6.6-8. Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
D2.Geo.6.9-12. Evaluate the
impact of human settlement
activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics
of specific places and regions.
D2.His.2.6-8 Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.
D2.His.5.6-8. Explain how and why perspectives of people have changed over time.
D2.His.13.6-8. Evaluate the relevancy and utility of a historical source based on information such as maker, date, place of origin, intended audience, and purpose.


D2.Geo.2.9-12. Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
D2.Geo.5.9-12. Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
D2.Geo.6.9-12. Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
D2.His.2.9-12. Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.
D2.His.5.9-12. Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people’s perspectives.
D2.His.13.9-12. Critique the appropriateness of the historical sources used in a secondary interpretation.