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Mystery Hill, Appalachian Heritage Museum and The Native American Artifacts Museum
Visitors will experience strange phenomena which some believe is attributed to a gravitational anomaly known as a vortex, learn about the ancient native people of the area, and see what it would have been like to live at the turn of the century at the Mystery Hill museums.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mrs. Emma Cleary
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.12
CLEARY, MRS. EMMA, married; two children; aged 30; husband aged 60; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: William, aged 12 in school. Vassie, aged 8 in school. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: Own two-room log cabin and forty acres of land. Only five acres...
Mrs. Alice Johnson, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. Alice Johnson, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. Alice Johnson is pictured sitting on a trunk in the interior of her home stringing tobacco bags. Two children are shown in the photograph.
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Questions for Tobacco Bag Stringing secondary activity one
Analysis questions for Tobacco Bag Stringing: Life and Labor in the Depression Elementary Activity Two that may be projected on the overhead or handed out to students.
Format: document/lesson plan
Transporting pipes
Transporting pipes
In Taatopaani, Nepal, men carry stacks of polythene pipes on their back across a river. Goods are often transported by human labor in the mountains of Nepal. These pipes will be used for building drinking and irrigation water systems in rural villages and...
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Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook and four children are pictured sitting on the front steps of their home. Mrs. Holsbrook is holding a bundle of tobacco bags, and there are more visible at her feet.
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People carrying plastic pipes across the mountain
People carrying plastic pipes across the mountain
These plastic pipes are part of a development project to bring water to villages in the mountains. Sometimes porters will carry the pipes for several days before reaching their destination.
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Drying fibers
Drying fibers
In Tirkhedhunga, Nepal, a woman spreads hemp fibers on the floor to dry. Sun hemp is grown for fibers and the fibers are used for making ropes, weaving baskets, and many other things.
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Girl carrying firewood
Girl carrying firewood
A young Nepali girl walks barefoot along a stone path with a bundle of firewood slung on her back. The bundle is held in place by a rope wrapped over her head. Young and old alike contribute to domestic work in the mountain economy in Nepal. In rural areas...
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Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.8
HOLSBROOK, MRS. ETHEL, aged 33; married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Mozelle, aged 16. Estelle, aged 15. Effie, aged 10. Adia, aged 5. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: The husband has been out of work for over a year and being in poor health it is not probable...
Hezekiah Alexander House
Hezekiah Alexander House
Hezekiah Alexander House, completed in 1774. Hezekiah Alexander owned as many as thirteen slaves, a number that placed him in the top 1 percent of slaveholders in late eighteenth-century Mecklenburg County. Alexander's labor force was the simple fact that...
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Mrs. Barbara Wagoner, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. Barbara Wagoner, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. Barbara Wagoner is pictured sitting in a chair outside of her house with a baby in her lap. Several piles of tobacco bags are next to her on the ground.
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Mrs. Barbara Wagoner
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.3
WAGONER, MRS. BARBARA; married; two children; aged 20 years; reside in Wilkes Co., N.C. Children: Jacob, aged one year. Buck, aged 9 — child by husband's first wife. INCOME: About $20.00 per month. Husband is laborer on government park project in this...
Personal trainers: Working with slope
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.2
In this lesson, students make calculations based on slope and answer questions about slope (rate of change).
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Eco-tourism in the Outer Banks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.10
In this lesson, students will learn about the effects of tourists on the delicate ecosystems of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Students will explore careers related to tourism and will attempt to solve tourism/erosion problems in the Outer Banks from a career-based perspective.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Guidance and Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Rural electrification: Girl at sewing machine
Rural electrification: Girl at sewing machine
Original caption: "Portrait of America. No. 36. Rural Electrification in the U.S. Electric sewing machines, such as this one on a U.S. farm, run by power from a farmers' cooperative rural electrification project, remove the strain from much labor. This girl...
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Labor unions in the cotton mills
In this lesson, students will learn about the labor union movement in the U.S. by listening to oral histories, and they will then deliver a persuasive speech arguing for or against unionization.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Work and protest, 1920–1934
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.3
In response to declining demand in the 1920s, textile mill owners cut wages and demanded longer hours from their workers. Labor unrest increased, and there were widespread strikes from 1929 to 1934.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
A large family, including several children, is pictured in front of a one-room house. A box of tobacco bags is visible in the photograph, as is the family laundry, drying on the line.
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Turpentine, pitch, rosin, and tar — OR — Can you buy a navy in a naval store?
In this lesson plan, students examine three primary sources related to naval stores and participate in a discussion designed to help them understand the significance of naval stores in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.