Pathways to History:
Roads, Trails, and Journeys
An Overview: The Historical Significance of Roads, Trails,
- Develop an overview of the subject -- the value of roads,
trails, and journeys for exploring American History; how the historical
theme is represented in the biography, images, maps, music, and artifacts.
- Indicate how the subject helps us respond to Senator
Robert Byrd's statement: "Let's have history!" In particular
we want to be certain that each journey "module" and the web
site and course as a whole help teach the great stories and lessons of
Featured Roads, Trails, and Journeys
- Choose the roads, trails, and journeys that we want to
include on the internet site. We will develop these with different levels
of detail. In the case of some (James Glover's journey to Spokane, for
example, and the Mullan Road) we will provide extensive new material. In
other cases, while providing some original material, we will also be building
on the previous work of others. (Susan Shelby Maggofin's journey on the
Santa Fe Trail is an example of the latter.)
- Develop the criteria for selecting topics. Subjects should
be inherently interesting, ideally with elements of drama and suspense,
but should also lead outward to important "lessons" about history.
- Include film and fictional material as well as historical
- Construct a template
for presentation of the featured roads, trails, and journeys. Develop this
statement: "For each subject we will include at least one article
surveying the topic, a good map, images, documents, lesson plans, a timeline,
artifacts (if available), connections to national history at the time,
- Be aware of the ways that these roads, trails, and journeys
will work for students of different ages.
- Develop bibliographies of web sites, films, songs, documents,
and books (fiction and non-fiction, including poetry).
- Develop timelines, oral histories, documents, images,
and encyclopedia (including "dictionary" of journey quotations)
relating to roads, trails, and journeys.
- Consider ways to present roads,
trails, and journeys to program participants -- including advice of how
they, in turn, can present them to their students.
- Elements include: lecture (stories, illustrations, film),
introduction to internet materials, discussion of teaching methods, small