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New Videoconference Lesson on Building the Erie Canal

Here’s a new videoconference from the Albany Institute of History & Art:

Building the Erie Canal
(for grades 3-8th)
Using primary documents and works of art, this videoconference will help students look back in time to understand the work that went into building the Erie Canal and the natural and political barriers that were overcome to accomplish its construction.  The lesson will also examine the importance of the Erie Canal for trade and transportation throughout the country. Cost: $125.00

During these videoconferences, New York State certified teachers use objects, images and inquiry-based teaching methods to engage students in lessons that focus on art and history. Students are active participants in the lesson; they observe, analyze and express their ideas about objects and images presented.

To schedule contact the Institute’s Barbara Collins at (518) 463-4478, ext. 405 or by e-mail at collinsb@albanyinstitute.org. New Links members, contact me, Rebecca Morrison, to sign up.

Independence Seaport Museum Videoconferences

According to www.cilc.org, Independence Seaport Museum focuses on engaging visitors with the rich past, present and future of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers by building on vibrant collections, historical archives and engaging programming. ISM focuses on trade, commerce, shipping, immigration, ship building, military, fishing, recreation, transportation, science and technology. This content provider has offered videoconferences since 2010.

The museum recently posted several program offerings that sound really interesting, including:

Their videoconferences range in cost from $125 per session to $145 per session. I’m looking forward to connecting some St. Louis area schools with these programs!

Passage to Progress: Eads Bridge and the Railroads

Eads Bridge, Flickr Creative Commons
Eads Bridge, St. Louis, Missouri

NEW VIDEOCONFERENCE from HEC-TV in St. Louis, Missouri: A study of American progress from the 19th to 20th centuries would not be complete without looking at the impact made on people’s lives by innovations in transportation. As the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis and transportation go hand in hand, dating from fur traders ascending the Missouri River in pirogues, to immigrants steaming up the Mississippi River on ships, to its development as a railroad hub and the creation of a highly competitive automobile industry, to Lindbergh’s historic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, and into the future with the Boeing Company’s aircraft.

In this program we’ll look at two significant events in U.S. transportation history that are also part of St. Louis history and investigate how these innovations changed lives and created opportunities for progress. First, we’ll explore the engineering innovations and impact of James Eads and the building of the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River. Then we’ll look at the railroad hub that St. Louis became, the impact of the railroad industry on America, and examples of important innovations in railcar engineering. We’ll be live from the National Museum of Transportation located in St. Louis for an up close look at some of these innovations!

All times below are displayed in Central Standard Time:
Program date: 1/22/2009
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Register by: 1/15/2009

More info at CILC.
Photo by Bolobilly.