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Charles Roland

In Spotlight on May 4, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

 

Dr. Charles Roland

Charles P. Roland, a noted historian of the Civil War and the American military, chats with well-wishers at his 100th birthday party at the Univeristy of Kentucky. He holds a cane made by one of his grandfathers for the other.

Dr. Charles P. Roland, professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky and former president of the Southern Historical Association, was celebrated last month for his 100th birthday. See the blog about him by Tom Eblen (here), and a video of the event is published on YouTube here – complete with an Army color guard.

Dr. Roland’s wife, Allie Lee Roland, passed away a few days ago and the UK History Department staff wanted to alert us about the funeral arrangements.

Saturday, May 5 at Clark Legacy Center, 601 E. Brandon Road, Nicholasville, KY (phone 859-271-1111). Visitation from 2-4 pm and funeral at 4 PM.

We offer our condolences to Dr. Roland and his family.

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Barbara Bush

In Spotlight on April 25, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

Barbara Bush photo from Wikipedia

Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-2018)

Mike Purdy, presidential historian, has written an interesting blog post “Remembering Barbara Bush” that might be useful for your U.S. history or civics students. He compares Barbara Bush with Abigail Adams, the other other woman who was wife and mother to two presidents.

Check it out at http://presidentialhistory.com/2018/04/remembering-barbara-bush.html.

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KCSS statement

In Alerts,Spotlight on April 20, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , ,

The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) has issued a statement advocating the inclusion of more Social Studies as a graduation requirement for Kentucky high school students. See the Kentucky Department of Education’s website on minimum requirements here: https://education.ky.gov/curriculum/hsgradreq/Pages/default.aspx

KCSS seeks to have more attention paid to civic health – and readiness for civic engagement as an adult. Read the KCSS statement on their website here:

http://www.kysscouncil.org/kcss-position-statements/graduate-requirements

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Immersive Storytelling

In Spotlight on April 12, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

Saw this article come through from the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research and thought how wonderful this would be if we pull historians together with other humanities folks (literature, music, the fine arts) and public history staff to build online experiences of historic sites here in Kentucky. What do you say?

“Immersive Storytelling in 360-Degree Videos: An Analysis of Interplay Between Narrative and Technical Immersion”
by Ahmed Elmezeny, Nina Edenhofer, Jeffrey Wimmer

https://journals.tdl.org/jvwr/index.php/jvwr/article/view/7298

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Hike to Historic Site

In Spotlight on February 22, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

PRESS RELEASE from Helen McKinney, Oldham County History Center, La Grange


Westport Row & Kayak Club:
Hike to an Historic Site

Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m.
Oldham County History Center

A new club has been introduced by the Oldham County History Center: The Westport Row & Kayak Club. “The purpose of the club is to invite members to get out and explore the fascinating and beautiful places that make our community special. Often knowing and falling in love with the places where we live requires the experience and feel of where events and history took place,” said Dr. Nancy Stearns Theiss, Executive Director of the Oldham County History Center in La Grange. Theiss leads all activities and members meet at designated locations in Westport unless otherwise noted. The next outing is scheduled for Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. Members will hike to an historic spot once owned by the Button family in Westport.

“Participants will not only go on some row adventures on the Ohio River but also hike on some unique and historic properties in the county,” she said. The club is geared for adults (21 and older) and open only to History Center members. All members of the club must furnish their own kayak for rowing events. Hikes will be moderate to difficult. There will be extra charges for some activities that include food and drinks. Dates are listed in the History Center Almanac, which can be picked up at the J.C. Barnett Libraries & Archives building/office, located at 106 N. Second Ave. in La Grange. A description of locations to meet and any other necessary information will be given when participants register for an outing.

The Westport Row and Kayak Club is a sponsor of SPLASH DAY which will be held on June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event “celebrates water safety, history and conservation of the Ohio River,” said Theiss. The event, which is open to the public, is also sponsored by Oldham County Parks Dept., Knock on Wood and the Westport Fire Department. It will take place at the Westport ramp and boat dock. Activities include water safety demonstrations, hands-on activities, kayaking, food, etc.

Please call the Oldham County History Center for more information or to register for any Westport Row & Kayak Club events at (502) 222-0826.

Westport Row & Kayak Club 2018 Events

  • Friday, April 27 – Hike in La Grange includes cemetery walk, conservation park and visit to the Rob Morris house. 11 a.m. Bring brown bag lunch.
  • Thursday, June 14 – SPLASH DAY. 5-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11 – Evening on the Ohio River Paddle. Launch at the Westport Boat Ramp. Cost will include dinner. 5-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16 – Hike and swim to a spring fed pond and late 18th century springhouse. Cost will include dinner.
  • Sunday, September 9 – Morning paddle on the Ohio River. 10 a.m.

Oldham County Historical Society
106 N. Second Ave.
La Grange, KY  40031
502.222.0826
www.oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org
info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org
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U.S. slavery

In Spotlight on February 21, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a powerful research report on the teaching of history of American slavery. Entitled “Teaching Hard History” the report concludes that we, collectively, are not adequately teaching this important part of U.S. history in high school. Indeed, since slavery was at the core of our beginnings and formation as a nation-state, we must face squarely this history’s part in the persistent disparities African Americans face today.

The report details the SPLC findings:

  • High school seniors struggle on even the most basic questions about American enslavement of Africans.
  • Teachers who are serious about teaching slavery struggle to provide deep coverage of the subject in the classroom.
  • Popular textbooks fail to comprehensively cover slavery and enslaved peoples.
  • State content standards are timid and fail to set appropriately high expectations. 

“We can and must do better. Read the report. Take the quiz. Engage with hard history.”

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Women

In Spotlight on January 23, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

An announcement from Liz Maurer at the National Women’s History Museum about their new report from an analysis of K-12 curriculum standards for each state in the U.S. We might not be surprised by the overall finding that women are most often portrayed in the curriculum standards in a domestic role.

Pie Chart on topics discussing women

Analysis from the National Women’s History Museum’s survey of K-12 social studies curriculum standards across the U.S.


I am pleased to announce that National Women’s History Museum’s recently released its new report, Where are the Women? A Report on the Status of Women in the United States Social Studies CurriculumWhere are the Women? examines the status of women’s history in state-level social studies standards. It is the most up-to-date evaluation of women’s history integration in US public, K-12 education.

Download the report here. https://www.womenshistory.org/social-studies-standards

The report discusses the ways that that women’s history is characterized in US K-12 social studies standards and, by extension, in textbooks and public school classrooms.  Interesting findings include:

  • Names of 178 individual women named in state standards
  • Most and least studied women’s history topics
  • Women’s history marginalization in standards

The report includes the women’s history standards for each state.  Readers can see for themselves how women’s unique history is presented state-by-state. Teachers and museum educators will have complete standards for each state to use in creating lessons and programs. Women’s history scholars will see the expected knowledge base for incoming freshmen. Education and curriculum researchers will have access to the data set for their own work.

Please reach out with any questions or comments.

All the best,

Liz Maurer

 

Elizabeth Maurer
Director of Program
National Women’s History Museum
205 S. Whiting St. Suite 254
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 571-800-6556

www.womenshistory.org

 

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