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Lesson Plans

  • Early Settlements and Growth

    Historical Context and Overview When Columbus was created on the east bank of the Scioto River by the state legislature in 1812, most of the land was still covered with dense hardwood forest. On the west bank of the river, the village of Franklinton, established in 1797, was settled by Read More
  • The Civil War and the Morrill Act

    Historical Context and Overview When Columbus was created on the east bank of the Scioto River by the state legislature in 1812, most of the land was still covered with dense hardwood forest. On the west bank of the river, the village of Franklinton, established in 1797, was settled by Read More
  • Turn of the Century Columbus: Streetcars, Amusements Parks and Education

    Historical Context and Overview In the 19th century, one of the most important technological advances was the expansion of railroads, which transported goods from rural areas to cities. Between 1860 and 1900, the miles of railroad track in Ohio increased from 2,950 to 8,950. By 1900, several transcontinental railroads crisscrossed Read More
  • Industrialization and the Progressive Era

    Historical Context and Overview In the 19th century, one of the most important technological advances was the expansion of railroads, which transported goods from rural areas to cities. Between 1860 and 1900, the miles of railroad track in Ohio increased from 2,950 to 8,950. By 1900, several transcontinental railroads crisscrossed Read More
  • The World War II Era

    Historical Context and Overview Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. Hitler believed that pure-blooded Germans were descendants of an ancient Aryan race. This “master race,” according to Hitler, was destined to rule over other groups. To create “living space” for his master race, Hitler began invading other Read More
  • The 1960s, Civil Rights, and Vietnam

    Historical Context and Overview The 1960s was a decade of social and cultural change greater than any period since the “Roaring ‘20s.” Millions of postwar baby boomers became teenagers and young adults in the 1960s. Many young people in this generation challenged the traditional values of earlier generations. Those in Read More
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Lessons from My Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood: How to Tell Your Story

    Were you captivated by one or more Columbus Neighborhoods stories? Did it stir up images and memories of a place that is special to you? We invite you step into the shoes of a storyteller and producer. And we offer a surefire starter—My Neighborhood Toolkit—that will guide you from shaping your narrative to putting Read More
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