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*** 2017-2018 School Year Conferences ***
(chronological list will be listed here)
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum:
Programs for 2016-2017
Quanah Parker: Adapting in a World of Change: Grades 3-8, 45 Minutes
This is a story of human adaptation. For over 200 years the Comanches ruled the South Plains. They were called "Lords of the Plains," and lived a horse and bison centered culture. After the Red River War, Texas Panhandle Indians were placed on reservations. Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches, was faced with making many decisions, not only for himself and his family, but also for the Comanche people. Like most decision-makers, Quanah was either loved or hated by both Comanches and whites.
We will explore an answer to, "Would it be as difficult in the 21st century to be placed in a strange country, not knowing its language or the customs as it was for Quanah Parker in the 19th century?" Using artifacts such as Quanah's headdress and historic photographs we will explore Quanah's life.
Home on the Plains: A Bison’s Journey: Grades 3-8, 45 Minutes
When Christopher Columbus landed on the eastern shores of North America, there were an estimated 60,000,000 bison roaming the land. For thousands of years Plains Indians hunted bison to use a food, clothing and shelter. When the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the buffalo hunters soon followed, and the bison began vanishing from the prairies.
Join us as we discuss the impact of the buffalo on the Plains Indians, what happened when the hide hunters came and about the people who rescued the bison from extinction. We will use artifacts, videos and historic photographs to tell the story.
Please note: We plan to show a historical reenactment of the processing of a buffalo. This video is somewhat graphic in nature, and is intended for students in the 3rd grade and up.
A Native American’s MVP: Grades K-8, 45 Minutes
An Indian’s life on the southern plains was not one of luxury. Indians were nomadic and had to carry all of their worldly possessions with them. This distance learning program will talk about the MVPs, or Most Valuable Possessions, of the southern plains Indian tribes. Using artifacts from PPHM’s Southern Plains Indian Trunk along with historical photos, we will discuss life on the southern plains. Students will also have the opportunity to craft their own Indian name using symbols and pictures.
A Festive Frontier - Christmas on the early Panhandle-Plains: Grades K-5, 45 Minutes
By the mid-1800s, Christmas traditions encompassed many of the same festivities and customs as it does today. But for the pioneers and cowboys in the desolate Panhandle of Texas, Christmas was a much simpler affair. This distance learning program will focus on the origins of several different holiday traditions, along with some unique to the Panhandle. Using historical photos, music and artifacts, we will explore Christmas in the Panhandle between 1890 - 1910. Students will then make a small holiday-themed craft for the home or classroom.
The Bedecked Buckaroo: Cowboy Clothing in the Early Texas Panhandle: Grades K-7, 45 Minutes
Cowboys in the Texas Panhandle faced many obstacles including weather, wildlife and wily livestock. Thus, the cowboy traveled light and owned very little. Every article of clothing and equipment had to be functional and serve a multitude of purposes. This program will discuss the role of cowboy clothing on the range and the purpose of each piece. We will also talk about the role of cattle drives, early Panhandle ranches and the origin of barbed wire.
From Boom to Dust in the Texas Panhandle: Grades 3-7: 55 Minutes
The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940). Using photos and videos unique to the Panhandle Plains, we will investigate the causes of the Dust Bowl, hear first-hand stories of people who lived through it, and discuss the methods used to stop the deadly storms.
Wild and Wacky Weather: Grades K-5, 45 Minutes
People on the Panhandle-Plains have adapted to weather for centuries. Come along with our friendly cricket, Thomas J, and learn all about wild and wacky weather. This science-based program will help your students understand what causes weather like blizzards, dust storms, floods and tornadoes, how to prepare for severe weather, and what plants and animals live in different climate zones.
Dinomite Dinosaurs: Grades K-5: 45 Minutes
Step back in time—way, way back in time—with a virtual stroll through our paleontology exhibit. During this In the News Program we will focus on fossils unique to the Panhandle-Plains, and others you may be more familiar with. Many people are surprised to learn that the Texas Panhandle was once a marshy area, and our exhibit features a world-class emphasis on locally discovered reptiles and amphibians from the Late Triassic era (225-200 million years ago) and mammals from the Late Cenozoic era (10-1 million years ago). Join us as we also discuss what a paleontologist does and what may have happened to the dinosaurs.
Buffalo Soldiers: Defenders of the West: Grades 3-8: 35 Minutes
Buffalo Soldiers played an important role in settling the Panhandle-Plains Region in the years after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldier Calvary and Infantry divisions were responsible for patrolling the frontier for Indians, building roads and telegraph lines, law enforcement, preventing cattle rustling, escorting mail parties and other civil and military tasks. They also participated in most of the major campaigns, including the Red River War from 1874-1875. This program will discuss the origin of the Buffalo Soldiers, their clothing, and the different purposes they served on the Frontier.
Panhandle Petroleum: Grades 3-8th grade, 40 minutes
Petroleum and natural gas are an important part of the Panhandle economy. This program will explore the reasons why it’s present in the Texas Panhandle, how it was formed, the discovery of the resource and the many uses of petroleum and natural gas. Alternative energy sources like wind will also be discussed.
Videoconferencing connects your students with scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with your school or from COSI.
Each program takes students live to artists, attorneys, archivists, or historians, in their own workspace be it a studio, rehearsal hall, theater, library, museum, or office. Programs are sixty minutes in length and presented during regular school day hours. Calendar.
Library of Congress
Free programs are appropriate for teachers, librarians, media specialists, and university faculty. Events may be scheduled Monday–Friday, during normal working hours, Eastern time. Times are flexible, depending on Library staff availability, time zone differences, and varied work schedules across the country. Programs should be requested at least two weeks in advance of the proposed conference date.
Manhattan School of Music
With over a decade of experience in the field of distance learning and as the first conservatory in the nation to utilize videoconferencing for K-12 music education, Manhattan School of Music has adopted the key elements of presenting successful music education programs via live, interactive videoconferencing technology.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
The next best thing to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame is participating in a videoconference. The award-winning EBBETS Field Trip Series (Electronically Bringing Baseball Education To Students) transports the wonders of Cooperstown to your very own classroom. Baseball is used as the backdrop to help your students discover objectives in diverse topics like mathematics, geography, civil rights history, women's history, economics, communication arts, and more!
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Each year, thousands of students tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame to learn about the rich history of professional football. If your class can’t make the trek to Canton, Ohio, let the Hall of Fame bring the museum to your school through its award-winning videoconferencing programs. Each program is educationally based and is supplemented by classroom activities which are aligned with national standards of education. Join in on these programs to learn such things as media literacy, history, careers, geography, math, language arts, character education and visual arts.
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