Grade Range: 9-12Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary SourceDate Posted: 9/10/2008
This online exhibition explores the role of transportation in American history. Students will learn about communities wrestling with the changes that new transportation networks brought; how cities change, suburbs expand, and farms and factories become part of regional, national and international economies; and hear the stories of people who travel for work and pleasure, and move to new homes. This online exhibition also includes an interactive collection search, thematic essays by museum staff and guest curators, interactive games and learning resources for the classroom and home.
The website includes the following subsections: Transportation in America before 1876; Community Dreams (Santa Craz, California); Delivering the Goods (Watsonville, California); A Streetcar City (Washington, D.C.); People on the Move; the Connected City (New York, New York); Crossing the Country; Americans Adopt the Auto; Lives on the Railroad (Salisbury, North Carolina); The People's Highway: Route 66; Roadside Communities (Ring's Rest, Muirkirk, Maryland); Family Camping (York Beach, Maine); On the School Bus (Martinsburg, Indiana); Suburban Strip (Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon); City and Suburb (Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois); On the Interstate (I-10); Transforming the Waterfront (San Francisco, California and Oakland, California); and Going Global (Los Angeles, California)
Multimedia instruction, Museum education, Thematic approach
Lessons & Activities
The steam locomotive "John Bull" was built in 1831 and ran for 35 years, pulling trains of passen...
social, invention, expansion, history, culture, machine, Transportation, American, commerce, economic, travel, industry, life, trade, Technology, economy, environment, innovation, America, system
Ride a train with a friendly conductor who teaches a young boy how to talk like a railroader.
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