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A family in San Pablito, Mexico
A family in San Pablito, Mexico
A family in San Pablito, Mexico.
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Bundles of cut reeds south of Riobamba, Ecuador
Bundles of cut reeds south of Riobamba, Ecuador
Several large bundles of cut reeds lay on the ground. A few sheep graze in the background. Reeds serve many purposes in traditional Andean building practices. They can be made into a surprisingly strong boat, they provide the framework for thatched-roofs,...
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Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Balinese leaf and flower offering basket on the ground
Seen from above, a small, square offering basket contains red blossoms and shredded leaves. Several times each day, members of most Balinese families set out leaf and flower offering baskets on the ground near their homes and places of work. Most of these...
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Learning in colonial Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.8
During the late 1600s and early 1700s, education in Carolina was largely informal. Most children learned by watching and imitating parents and older community members. The sons of the wealthy were sent away to schools in other colonies or in England. The first efforts to provide formal education in Carolina were made by religious groups — the Quakers, the Baptists, and the Presbyterians.
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By Betty Dishong Renfer.
Cutting reeds south of Riobamba, Ecuador
Cutting reeds south of Riobamba, Ecuador
A woman in a purple shirt and a fedora hat cuts reeds in a marshy area. A bundle of cut reeds floats in the water at her side. Reeds serve many purposes in traditional Andean building practices. They can be made into a surprisingly strong boat, they provide...
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Stagville Plantation
Stagville Plantation
Horton Grove at Historic Stagville, North Carolina, located in parts of what are now Orange, Durham, Wake, and Granville counties. Established in 1787 by the Bennehan and Cameron families, Stagville was the largest plantation in North Carolina. In 1860 more...
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Red and gold lion cremation figure
Red and gold lion cremation figure
A red and gold lion cremation figure is on display in Bali. Families spend large sums to acquire beautiful figures in which to place their deceased relatives during cremations. Its bright color scheme, open fanged mouth, and protruding round eyes are reminiscent...
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Kathmandu religious ceremony
While exploring Kathmandu, Nepal, I encountered a religious ceremony being held in one of its many city squares. Lots of families were gathered in the open square, laying out offerings of rice and fruits. This was not the kind of ceremony where everyone was...
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Soldiers preparing for Operation TOY DROP in Fort Bragg, NC
Soldiers preparing for Operation TOY DROP in Fort Bragg, NC
Paratroopers at Fort Bragg board a C-130 Hercules in preparation for Operation TOY DROP. TOY DROP works to collect over 1400 toys for deserving and needy families in the Fayetteville area.
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The Depression for farmers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.3
Farmer's troubles began in the early 1920s, and helped cause the Great Depression -- which only worsened them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Letter activity one
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 2
The following excerpt is from a letter from Mr. Sherlock Bronson, a lawyer and president of Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation, to the Honorable Graham Braden, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives. It was written March 16, 1939. The...
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By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity one
This activity for grades 7–12 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Professor Wallace Caldwell (1890–1961) with unnamed domestic
Professor Wallace Caldwell (1890–1961) with unnamed domestic
In this black and white photograph, a young black woman is serving Professor Caldwell at a dining table. The college servants were all men, but African American women often worked for faculty families. Due to domestic servants' low wages, even modestly paid...
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The North Carolina Gold Rush
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.1
Gold was discovered in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in 1799, and within a few years, the North Carolina Gold Rush was on. Men arrived in the Piedmont to work in the mines, many of them from Cornwall in England.
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By Rebecca Lewis.
Stagville slave quarters
Stagville slave quarters
Slave quarters at Horton Grove at Historic Stagville, North Carolina, located in parts of what are now Orange, Durham, Wake, and Granville counties. Established in 1787 by the Bennehan and Cameron families, Stagville was the largest plantation in North Carolina....
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Family traditions
This lesson is a follow-up to the lesson “Who's Your Mama? A Family Who's Who” and is mainly based on The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant; therefore, family structure including titles or roles is assumed to be prior knowledge for this lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Laura Bahlmann and Mary Lail.
Victory Gardens
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.7
During World War II, with fresh and canned food in short supply, Americans planted "victory gardens" and canned fruits and vegetables at home. This page includes a government film, an excerpt from an instructional booklet, promotional posters, and links to contemporary magazine articles about victory gardens.
Format: exhibit
By David Walbert.
What to do if your school administrator isn't supportive
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.6
Administrators have many issues on their desks, and some do not prioritize anti-bullying interventions. However, federal and state laws are clear about school administrators' responsibilities towards their students. As a result, your school principal must...
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By Kathy Staley.
Mr. and Mrs. Vestal of Chatham County speaking in a kitchen
Mr. and Mrs. Vestal of Chatham County speaking in a kitchen
This is a black and white photo of the Vestals, an older man and woman, in their Chatham County kitchen. They are dressed in 1940s attire, but their stove is very old. The woman has her hand on the handle of a coffee pot. She is wearing a floral printed long...
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Science Family Fun Night
One night a month Vivian Smith opens her classroom to families where they work together to solve logic problems and conduct experiments. Learn how this science teacher increases family involvement in her students' education and find ideas for science experiments, webquests, projects, and construction contests.
By Waverly Harrell.