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State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”  – Adolf Hitler, 1924

propaganda image On Saturday, February 28, educators are invited to explore content and themes from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (opening at the Missouri History Museum in April).

This one-day workshop, Connecting Past and Present: A New Framework for Teaching Propaganda and Media Literacy, will be at the Missouri History Museum and offers teachers unique strategies for helping students engage with historical propaganda and view messages they encounter today with a more critical eye. The history of the Holocaust highlights the danger of propaganda and how societies can become vulnerable to extreme messages. As the Missouri History Museum notes on their website, this most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens to actively question, analyze and seek the truth.

Classroom-ready teaching resources will be modeled and shared. This workshop is free of charge and is appropriate for middle and high school teachers from diverse disciplines. No previous experience teaching about the Holocaust is required. Educators specializing in language arts, media, history, information literacy and current events are especially encouraged to participate in this important discussion on history and media literacy.

To register, please visit mohistory.org/teacherpd. For more information, contact United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Sonia Booth. For a flyer of the event, click on Teacher Workshop-St.Louis.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation. The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda exhibit runs April 11 – September 7, 2015 in St. Louis.

[Image: from a poster for the film S.A. Mann Brand, 1933. Kunstbibliothek Berlin/BPK, Berlin/Art Resource, New York]

VISIONS OF LEADERSHIP: A One-Day Institute for K-12 Teachers on George Washington

 In honor of their exhibition Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is hosting a free workshop for teachers on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. K-12 teachers will have a chance to learn from scholar educators from Mount Vernon, including Nancy Hayward, has worked there for nearly 20 years; archaeologist Esther White; and Richard Josey, Jr., the Manager of Programs for the Historic Sites and Museums Division at the Minnesota Historical Society. The workshop is designed to give teachers the latest information, resources, and tools to teach their students about our nation’s first president. The workshop is free, but reservations are required.

Topics include:
The leadership of George Washington | George Washington: Visionary Farmer & Entrepreneur | Stories from the Enslaved Community | Alignment with the Common Core | Use of Primary Source Documents | Arts Integration

All participating teachers will receive free entrance to the exhibit. Upon request, attendance certificates  will be granted to teachers present for the full day. Call 314-361-9017 to register.

Sign Up for the Civil War in Missouri Distance Learning Project

The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and Cooperating School Districts have partnered to offer a distance learning field trip for K-12 schools during this school year.  This partnership is based on utilizing the technological resources of CSD’s Virtual Learning Center and the content of MHM’s The Civil War in Missouri exhibit.

Museum educators will work with classes (4-8th grade) to discuss the challenges of historical research. Since it’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the historians will be sharing primary sources documents from Missouri counties during that time that describe what life was like during the era. Students will be able to study the history of their community first-hand, learning the hidden stories.

Remember that according to the Show-Me Standards, in Social Studies, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of

1. principles expressed in the documents shaping constitutional democracy in the United States
2. continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the US and the world
3. principles and processes of governance systems
4. economic concepts (including productivity and the market system) and principles (including the laws of supply and demand)
5. the major elements of geographical study and analysis (location, place, movement, regions) and their relationships to changes in society & environment
6. relationships of the individual & groups to institutions & cultural traditions
7. the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)

This program will be offered January 16, 2012 – May 11, 2012 for Missouri schools. The cost of the 45-minute session is $150. For more information, call Lisa Gilbert the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park at 314-454-3116.

Happy 190th Birthday, Missouri

Did you know that today marks the 190th anniversary of Missouri becoming the 24th state? Happy Birthday MO!

Here are some online resources from the Secretary of State‘s office about our state’s history- including a tour of the Hall of Famous Missourians and a Flickr account. The Missouri History Museum also has a Flickr account with great photos from Missouri history.

What else happened in American history in 1821?

James Monroe was sworn in as the 5th President of the United States
• The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain
Clara Barton, the first president of American Red Cross, was born