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August 2013

Hello everyone!
It's August and orange Construction Cones have bloomed throughout CNY! No matter which road/highway/bridge you plan to take, some part of it is being repaired/replaced/improved. Drive safely and have patience! The construction will be finished in time for it to start snowing.

Onondaga Historical Association: The Ties that Bind: The Heritage of Onondaga County's Bridges

Along the theme of construction, take some time to check out one of the temporary exhibits at the OHA Museum. From the OHA website: “Syracuse and Onondaga County are not generally the places one thinks of when bridges are mentioned, but with its lush geology of hills, streams and rivers; its rich heritage of turnpikes, canals, railroads; and the Post World War II intersection of two great interstate highways, we are a community that has been shaped by a legacy of bridges. A recent New York State report lists over 450 bridges in Onondaga County. And presently, we are deep into a community-wide discussion about the future of a particular series of bridges – I-81 in downtown Syracuse – that will impact the future of our city for generations to come. This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council’s I-81 Challenge as a significant opportunity to help inform the community about the long-term influences of bridges on our lives.” The exhibit will run through Octboer 20.

Erie Canal Heritage Area Walking Tours

Description: Walking Tour Stopped in Clinton Square
Don’t forget to take a walk on the Erie Canal! There was such a good response to the walking tours in June that the Erie Canal Museum is continuing them through the summer. The Summer 2013 Walking Tours start in the Lobby of the Erie Canal Museum, circle through Clinton and Hanover Squares before returning to the Museum. The tour is about a mile long and takes about an hour to complete. The Walking Tour Series is FREE for Museum members and children 18 & under and $5 for non-members.

Online Resource of the Month: National Archives DocsTeach

Description: have probably written about this before, but if you haven’t seen DocsTeach lately, you need to check it out again! Using primary documents with your students to develop historical thinking is a worthy goal, but it can be an overwhelming process to find documents that are relevant to your topic and appropriate for your students. DocsTeach has tools to help you find and use documents from the National Archives collection, including activities developed by other teachers that you can use or modify and tools for analyzing different kinds of documents. The site requires registration if you want to access all of the activities, but it’s free and easy to do. There is also an app for your mobile device and an Education Updates Blog that highlights a primary source each month.

Shameless Plug of the Month: The TAH Blog

Speaking of blogs&did you know that I write an amazingly insightful blog each month about historical thinking and teaching American history? It is just one of the excellent blogs that are posted by my colleagues at OCM BOCES Instructional Support. Check out all of the blogs here. My blog is posted under Teaching American History here. Check it out!

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