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Cocoa Beach History | Central Florida Roadtrip

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Cocoa Beach was known as “Missiletown USA” in the 50’s and 60’s because of its proximity to the space center. In the mid-20the century, Cocoa Beach was built around one industry, the American space program, but settlers have actually lived there since the late 1500’s.

Discovering Jamestown

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The videos in this resource group explore various aspects of West Central African society in Jamestown, Virginia. In the associated lesson plan, students will describe the culture of the Africans who came to Jamestown in 1619 and the interactions that occurred in Africa between the local cultures and the Portuguese.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

West Virginia History in 10 Seconds l State Capital

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Use this 10 second history lesson to trace the movements of the West Virginia state capital.

Mannahatta 1609

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This video from Dutch New York explores the diverse ecosystem that Henry Hudson encountered when he arrived at “Mannahatta,” the name given by the native Lenape people to the island now known as Manhattan. Dr. Eric Sanderson, Director of the Mannahatta Project, explains that Manahatta's ecosystem was more diverse than Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks and describes the landscape, flora and fauna of the island in Henry Hudson's day.

The West Virginia State Museum

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Explore the West Virginia State Museum and learn about the role of a museum director.

The West Virginia Division of Archives and History

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Learn about the work of an archivist and explore the types of artifacts, documents, and other methods they use to preserve West Virginia history.

Tomverlin: Dustbowl

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Students will investigate the experiences of those that lived through the Dust Bowl with this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl." Understand the mindset of the Dust Bowl survivors through this interview with Norma Tomverlin, who talks about her experiences during the Dust Bowl.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Important Chapter | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn about how although the steamboat industry along the Red River lasted only fifty years, it was an important transitional step in the transportation industry of the area in this video from the Steamboat on the Red series. The steamboats brought commerce, settlers, new towns, and international movements of goods and people to the Northern Plains.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Money Drives | Steamboats on the Red

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Find out why businessmen considered the Red River of the North a water highway in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. The Red River of the North isn’t the first river that comes to mind when a person thinks of a water highway. So what could have possibly driven businessmen to think of it as such? Money. Money drove companies, like the Hudson’s Bay Company, to find a shorter and more economical route from New York to St. Paul, Minnesota. But as these businessmen would find out, nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Prairie Churches | Expressions of Faith

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Learn about Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain, North Dakota. A montage of northern plains churches illustrates NDSU History Professor Tom Isern’s assertion that we can learn from prairie churches about the people of the plains who built them.

Manifest Destiny | Wild Nevada

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Manifest Destiny, our nation’s idea that is it our “obvious fate” or God-given right to own the entire continent of North America from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, drove western expansion in the 1800s. As the United States expanded westward, it brought enlightenment, freedom, technology and democracy with it. In this inquiry, students will challenge their understanding of manifest destiny by looking at multiple perspectives on how westward expansion affected the Native Americans living in the Great Basin, in Nevada. By analyzing multiple perspectives on the topic, students will gain a deeper understanding how Native Americans responded to the closing of the frontier.

Muslims in America | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Since September 11th, Muslims across the nation have faced numerous new challenges and opportunities as they continue to define their community in America. One of the key challenges has been differentiating themselves from terrorists in the eyes of the government and the public. This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly examines both the internal and external challenges facing American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Dust Bowl: Genevieve Miller's Memories

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Genevieve Miller recalls the Dust Bowl in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl".

Enns: Cattle

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Investigate the experiences and the mindset of the people who lived through the Dust Bowl with this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl." Hear a local, Enns, talk about having cattle killed because they didn't have anything to eat.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Nobel: Avoiding Dust

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Nobel talks about ways his family would avoid dust during the Dust Bowl in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

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