Pathways to History
Roads, Trails, and Journeys
Template for Presentation of Featured Roads, Trails, and
(1) Choose the topic. Topics should meet these criteria:
- They should be inherently interesting.
- They should be informative about local history.
- They should provide "windows" on major themes
in national history.
- Among those themes are: the meaning of American democracy,
the place of courage and imagination in ordinary life, the ways that we
change the land through our journeys -- and how the land in turn changes
- It's OK if the stories include elements of suspense
(2) Assemble the relevant materials. These should include:
- A brief overview of the subject.
- A timeline or timelines relating to the subject. (The
story of the Mullan Road, for example, will involve a timeline of Mullan's
life and a timeline for the building of the road.) We will provide also
a timeline linking the particular story to contemporary events on the national
- Artifacts. Documents and objects relating to some
of the journeys -- sample "artifact boxes.
- Documents. Letters, diaries, government reports, etc.,
relating to the subject.
- Scholarship. What is the scholarly literature on this
- Maps. Viewers should be able to click on various points
in the maps and be taken to photographs and information relating to that
place in the journey.
- Bibliographies. Lists of books and articles on the
subject. We will make note of the different grade levels represented, from
children's books to scholarly monographs.
- Photographs. We will provide photographs from archives
and also take photos of our own showing the modern look of the particular
trail or journey route.
- Lesson plans. Suggestions for ways that teachers can
use these materials in their classrooms.