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[Detail] An advertisement from The Minnesota guide. 1869


Select a topic such as the pioneer experience, woman suffrage, Native-American culture, railroads, or exploration. Then, search the collection for information about the topic and for images, letters, journals, and biographies to use in a short documentary. Write a script that explains the topic in your own words and illustrate your points with examples from the collection. Texts can be incorporated through dramatic readings. If you don't have the facilities or equipment to make a video, present your documentary live or create a storyboard to show what the video would be like.

Texts with images from this collection may be identified by reading texts' summaries and checking tables of content for illustrations. A few examples are listed below. Search on Wisconsin and Milwaukee in the collection California Gold: Folk Music from the Thirties for audio tracks some of which are also listed below. Other helpful American Memory collections include: