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Program Flyer: Exploring Primary Sources: John Robertson Maben and the Search for California Gold

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Content Provider   HistoryConnects from the Virginia Historical Society  2012-13 Honorable Mention
Contact Information   Evan Liddiard
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA  23220
United States
Phone: (804) 342-9689
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating      based on 1 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Grade(s): 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, University, Public Library: Library Patrons, Retirement Communities
Maximum Number of Participants   No maximum, but we suggest no more than 30 students.
Minimum Number of Participants   1
Primary Disciplines   Social Studies/History, Standards
Secondary Disciplines   Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Problem Solving
Program Description   In 1849, John Robertson Maben traveled to California in search of gold. In a series of thirteen letters, Maben describes his travels to his wife, Sarah. These letters are especially vivid as Maben was witness to events both momentous and mundane. He wrote of the cholera epidemic of 1849, the great St. Louis fire that same year, and the excitement and brutality of the California gold fields. In this program, students will join Maben on his journey, interpreting his letters, tracing his travels on a nineteenth-century map, and examining the landscape.
Program Format   Students will receive /download typescripts of letters and copies of select originals. The instructor will walk them through the letters, discussing highlighted passages, exploring the nature of westward expansion, and examining life on the 19th century American frontier.
Objectives   1. Students will be able to analyze and interpret primary source materials.
2. Students will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
3. Students will be able to use maps to identify location and estimate distances.
4. Students will understand the factors that led people to decide to move west in the
mid-nineteenth century, specifically push/pull factors.
5. Students will understand some of the hardships that people faced as they moved west in the mid-nineteenth century.
6. Students will understand the role ordinary Americans played in the making of American history.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   National Curriculum Standards:
Historical Thinking Standards:
Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
Standard 3: Historical Analysis & Interpretation

Historical Content Standards:
Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861):
Standard 2:
How the industrial revolution, increasing immigration, the rapid expansion of slavery, and the westward movement changed the lives of Americans and led toward regional tensions.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   Virginia Standards of Learning:
STANDARD USI.8The student will demonstrate knowledge of westward expansion and reform in
America from 1801 to 1861 by
b) identifying the geographic and economic factors that influenced the westward
movement of settlers.
c) describing the impact of inventions, including the cotton gin, the reaper, the
steamboat, and the steam locomotive, on life in America.

STANDARD VUS.6bThe student will demonstrate knowledge of the major events from the last decade of
the eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century by
b) identifying the economic, political, and geographic factors that led to territorial
expansion and its impact on the American Indians.
Program Length   50-60 minutes
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Date/Time Notes   Programs are available Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

If these times do not work for your group, please contact Evan Liddiard at eliddiard@vahistorical.org and we will make every effort to find a convenient time for your program.
Program Cost   Multipoint Cost: $100.00
Point to Point Cost: $100.00
By Request Cost: $100.00
Program Fee Notes   This program is $50 for schools within the state of Virginia.
Cancellation Policy   We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   All schools will dial into the VHS.

We require a test call one week prior to the videoconference session.

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