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This web site is brought to you by teachers Michael Trinklein and Steven Boettcher, creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary film which aired nationally on PBS. During the three years we spent researching the film, we found lots of great material we thought would be great for teachers and home schoolers--so we built this this site to make it all available. Enjoy the adventure! Copyright c. 2012 by Boettcher+Trinklein Inc. All the articles on this site were written by Michael Trinklein.

Oregon Trail History The Oregon Trail byTodd Underwood The Oregon Trail migration, more correctly known as the Oregon-California Trail migration, is one of the most important events in American History. This trail was the only feasible land route for settlers to get to the West Coast. In the early Spring, emigrant campers would infiltrate Independence, Missouri and set up camp, waiting for the grass to grow along the Oregon Trail. Most settlers traveled in farm wagons, four feet by ten feet, with a thousand pounds of food. When the time finally came to leave, the settlers would all try to leave at once creating a massive traffic jam further hindered by the inexperience of some of the green east coast teams. There were many accidents along the way including being run over by the wagons which meant certain death. One common misconception about the travelers journey is that the biggest danger was the Indians or Native Americans. The most notable of the massacres was the Gratten Massacre.

Klondike - Rush for Gold In the summer of 1897 two ocean going steamers landed on the west coast of the United States. One ship, The Excelsior, landed in San Francisco and three days later The Portland landed in Seattle. Down the gangplank of these two ships went a rag-tag group of men and women carrying sacks of gold. Some walked down the docks with $5,000 worth of gold while others had over $100,000 worth. The miners told of the rich claims they had staked one year earlier on a series of small creeks flowing into the Klondike River. This new goldfield, in the northwest corner of Canada, was said to be the richest gold find in all of history with enough work for tens of thousands of people. The Dawson City Museum presents a glimpse of the journey to the harsh north country of Alaska and Yukon.

The Learning Page - Lewis and Clark The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal

The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail Imagine walking for 2,000 miles — barefoot. That is what many children did as they traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1800s. Go to and read All About the Oregon Trail . Now from the left side of the screen, click on "Historic Sites." Go to Fantastic Facts and then click on "Weird Wagons." Extension Activity Complete your journey by taking a field trip with the students at Monroe Middle School. Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads About the Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005. The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions.

California Gold Rush History Deer Creek School is located in Nevada City, California. Our community is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2,500 feet elevation. Our rural area is known for its beautiful environment and rich California gold rush history. Discover how the historical landmarks of our area weave a tapestry of gold rush history. Take a journey with pioneers who left Independence, Missouri in covered wagons and traveled to Nevada City in l850. Take this journey and learn how the California gold rush of l849 attracted the global community to Nevada County, California--California Gold Country! Nevada County Gold Online Nevada County Schools Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Grass Valley Information In this right-hand column on every page of this site you will find links to additional information related to the subject on the page. Some of those links are within our site, some lead you to other websites.

Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine About these Photos Faces of Lost Youth Left - Furman Owens, 12 years old. The Mill Left - A general view of spinning room, Cornell Mill. Left - One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mill. Newsies Left - A small newsie downtown on a Saturday afternoon. Left - Out after midnight selling extras. Left - Francis Lance, 5 years old, 41 inches high. Miners Left - At the close of day. Left - Breaker boys, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Co. The Factory Left - View of the Scotland Mills, showing boys who work in the mill. Left - Young cigar makers in Engelhardt & Co. Left - Day scene. Seafood Workers Left - Oyster shuckers working in a canning factory. Left - Manuel the young shrimp picker, age 5, and a mountain of child labor oyster shells behind him. Field and Farm Work Left - Camille Carmo, age 7, and Justine, age 9. Left - Twelve-year-old Lahnert boy topping beets. Little Salesmen A Variety of Jobs Left - A Bowery bootblack in New York City. Left - A boy carrying hats in New York City.

Over the Top - A First World War Free Online Adventure Game Introduction Over the Top is an interactive adventure game that allows YOU to experience life in the trenches during the First World War. As a young Canadian soldier stationed somewhere along the Western Front in the late Fall of 1916, you will live through some of the excitement, despair, brutality and sheer horror of trench warfare. Over the Top is based on the real-life experiences of Canadians who lived and died in the trenches during the First World War. Part history and part adventure story, Over the Top is divided into sections. At the end of each section, you have to make a decision. Throughout the story, you will come across many words and expressions that were quite common at the time. Your goal in Over the Top is the same as that of thousands of Canadians who served in the trenches during the First World War: merely to survive. So pick up your rifle, put on your helmet and get ready for a truly unique experience! Low-Graphics Version Virtual Museum of Canada.