On June 27-28, 2019, Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region hosted the 3rd annual Summer Teacher Institute in collaboration with the History Colorado Center and the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. Thirty six educators from Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, and Wyoming attended the 2-day intensive focusing on telling the Women’s Suffrage story through Library of Congress historical documents. Leading the workshop were Sherrie Galloway, Michelle Pearson, Rolly Schendel, and Cynthia Stout.Understanding history means not only hearing from the voice of the victor, but also from the missing voices. To illuminate this thought, we explored the exhibits at History Colorado, (specifically Keota, Amache, Zoom-In, Denver A-Z, Bent’s Fort, and the Dust Bowl) taking inventory of what things can be used from the exhibits using this Task Sheet, and then finally after a second run-through, what voices are missing from the exhibit’s story, using this Reflection Sheet.
Note: The majority of the links below direct you to a public facing Google Doc or Folder. Feel free to copy to your own drive and use as you see fit.
Primary Source IcebreakersThe day started off by using the Primary Source Icebreakers activity. This activity involves choosing a set of primary sources, either random or linked to a unit, and engaging with the primary source individually and with a partner. The collection of 9 quick strategies are great for both in-depth discussion and prepping the mind for critical thinking.
Hidden Gems of the Library of Congress – Women’s Rights AdditionHidden Gems of the Library of Congress– Check out this Googledoc for collection of Library of Congress links and other educational organizations with primary sources for Women’s History in Colorado and nationally. Using technology is an important tool in the educator’s arsenal. We utilized QR codes to engage with primary sources and inquiry questions with the QR Code Scavenger Hunt – History Colorado Denver A-Z. Something else that might be helpful to you might be this Inquiry Questions QR codes that contain general questions that can be used with any number of primary sources.
Six Classroom Activities with Primary SourcesEach of the Round Robin strategies below are task sheets designed to be as short or as long in the classroom as you would like. Linked at the bottom of the task sheets are the primary sources that were used, including:
- Using Historic Newspapers
- Women Suffrage Maps
- Using Audio
- Artifact Kits and Trunks
- Husband of a Suffragette – Book