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American in Minature: Highlights of American History

• This program begins with an introduction to the Maryland Historical Society and our collections • Together we look at objects related to Native American history in Maryland. • examine documents related to the establishment of religious freedom in the Maryland Colony. • We explore the story of Mary Katherine Goddard, a well known female printer in the colonies. • Examine the early U.S. trade economy and the tools that were used in shipbuilding. Learn the meaning behind our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner and learn about the Museum's preservation efforts. • Learn about Slavery and the Civil War and Marylands unique role as a border state. Move into the 20th century as we discuss the development of cities, immigration, and the Civil Rights Movement. • Reflect on the role of each and every one of us in creating American History.

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Cast Your Vote: The Civil War’s Great Border State Debate

explore the intricacies of the secession debate in border states during the Civil War. Using original historical evidence pulled from the Maryland Historical Society’s collections, students will engage in a three round debate focusing on the social, economic, and political issues facing Maryland lawmakers. Using letters, cartoons, broadsides, and census records to craft their arguments, students will try to convince the group to vote to secede or remain in the Union. At the end of each round, using live polling technology, everyone will vote on whether the Unionist or Secessionist argument was stronger. In the end, the students will gain a deeper understanding of the border state experience during the Civil War.

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Get The Message? WWI Propaganda & The Home Front

During this live, interactive distance learning program, learners will examine the fears, pressures, and motivations experienced by Americans living in Maryland during World War I. Learners will digitally annotate World War I propaganda posters, diagramming and drawing on the posters right along with the presenter, in order to understand the intended audience and messages of the posters. Learners will then analyze oral histories, data, images, and multi-media clips in order to determine whether the posters were effective, and if so why. In the end students will have to determine if these posters were dangerous, and what the primary sources can tell us about what life was like on the home front. Throughout the program, students will be introduced to the important critical thinking skills they need to be conscious consumers of information today.

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The Causes of The War of 1812: Examining Mr. Madison’s War

During this live interactive distance learning program, participants travel back in time to 1812, when a very young United States was on the brink of declaring war on Great Britain. Students will analyze original historical evidence including documents, political cartoons, and President Madison’s letter to Congress. Emotions were running high in 1812, and lots of insults and accusations were flying! In order to synthesize what they have learned about the causes of the war, the students will take on the point of view of Great Britain, France, and the United States and write their own rap battles.

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What Makes a Good National Anthem? A Star-Spangled Question

The Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem, was penned in Baltimore to celebrate a victory over the British during the War of 1812. An important symbol of a country, a national anthem is meant to help foster patriotism, unify the people, and represent a nation's values to the rest of the world. But how does a song do that? During this interactive lesson, students are asked to analyze the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner and then compare and contrast our national anthem with the national anthems of other countries and other American patriotic songs.

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