Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Professional (X)

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Icon: 
Streaming icon

A true innovator, Glenn H. Curtiss was born in 1878 and became the fastest man on Earth in 1907 with his revolutionary motorcycle. Setting his sights on the sky, he piloted his first plane in 1908 and spent the following year developing better avionics technology. Curtiss also pioneered the design of seaplanes and became known as the father of naval aviation. The museum houses original and restored motorcycles and airplanes as well as other artifacts and exhibits. 

Motor Racing Research Library

Icon: 
Streaming icon

The Motor Racing Research Library opened in 1999 with a mission of collecting and preserving the motor racing heritage. The library is housed in a two story building that contains thousands of books, manuscripts and visuals of both amateur and professional motor racing. This impressive collection offers every visitor a wonderful learning opportunity and glimpse into motor racing history.

Know Ohio: How Ohio's Cities Got Their Names

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Explores how some Ohio cities were named after settlers, figures in history, other cities from around the world or by incorporating words from other languages.  More unusual city names were created by local lore or the personal preference of the settlers. 

Know Ohio: Archeology Digs

Icon: 
Streaming icon

In Ohio, archeologists have conducted many digs to document early life and times.  In Sheffield, they unearthed an entire Native American homestead that is roughly 4000 years old.  At the Adena Mound in Chillicothe, a pipe was found.  It is believed to be an effigy (model) of an ancient American Indian.  The Adena pipe has been named the official state artifact of Ohio. 

Thanksgiving | All About the Holidays

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we're thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!

Booker T. Washington | Orator, Teacher, and Advisor Video

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Freed from the bonds of slavery by the Emancipation Proclamation, Booker T. Washington worked relentlessly to become a teacher, an accomplished orator, and an advisor to two Presidents. He was considered a hero in the late 1800s, although some opposed his philosophy that equality and respect must be patiently earned. Through two primary source activities and watching a short video, students will learn about Booker T. Washington’s commitment to African American education, and assess his ideas about how to achieve equality for African Americans in the years after the Civil War.

View the full Lesson Plan

Jackie Robinson | Athlete and Activist Video

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Jackie Robinson was a sports hero who became a civil rights activist. When Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era. Demonstrating skill as a professional baseball player and consistent dignity both on and off the field, Robinson became an advocate for civil rights, as well as a role model. This video is a part of a lesson plan including two primary source activities and a short video below: understand how Robinson rose to prominence, and explore the importance of courage in his life.

View the Lesson Plan.

Simeon Benjamin

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Simeon Benjamin was born on Long Island in 1792. He moved to Elmira, NY and began investing his hard-earned fortune in this growing community. He believed that women deserved an equal chance at higher education, and used his influence and financial backing to locate the new female college. He donated nearly $80,000 to the school helping to keep tuition low and the doors open during hard times.

Queen Catharine Montour

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Catharine was the great-granddaughter or a French settler and a Huron woman. She married Seneca Indian Chief Telenemut and assumed leadership of She-que-ga village and its Seneca people after his death. Present-day Montour Falls was named by the white settlers in her honor.

Edwin A. Link

Icon: 
Streaming icon

As a teen, Edwin A. Link had caught flying fever and he tinkered in the basement of his father's factory with a contraption that would simulate the feel and movement of an airplane in flight. The rest is history and his impact on the world is still felt today.

West Virginia History in 10 Seconds l Minnie B. Harper

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Learn about the political career of Minnie B. Harper

Examining Chamizal National Memorial

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Examining Chamizal National Monument

The Blue Ridge: Tamassee School (00:01:24)

Icon: 
Streaming icon

The Tamassee School, located on scenic Highway 11, was built originally to serye as a boarding school for mountain children whose schooling was erratic because of the isolation created by the physical geography of the region.

The Blue Ridge: Salem (00:02:03)

Icon: 
Streaming icon

The Duke Power Company's World of Energy Visitors' Center at the Oconee Nuclear Station and the surrounding Jocassee and Keowee lakes are excellent examples of how man has had a major impact on tJle landscape and topography of the area.

The Blue Ridge: 50 Minute Man-Highway 276 from NC Border to Travelers Rest (00:03:31)

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Highway 276 from the North Carolina border to Travelers Rest (Greenville County). The steep and winding road does not allow the 5O-Minute Man to travel as far as he could in another region where the roads would generally be straighter and more level.

Pages