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Wedding Portrait of Geraldine (Harvey) and Joe Boggio, 1937

[Detail] Wedding Portrait of Geraldine (Harvey) and Joe Boggio, 1937

Lesson Overview

Using photos, documents, and music from the Library's digital collections, students investigate rituals and customs of various cultures.

They then interview family members to deepen their understanding of their own cultural celebrations. Using their oral presentation skills, students present one cultural ritual from their tradition to the class.


Students will:

  • improve their oral and written communication skills;
  • gain an understanding of various cultures through the exploration and analysis of holiday and stages of life rituals which unite a group by preserving cultural identity and heritage


Time Required

  • Two weeks

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • Culture & Folklife


  • Postwar United States, 1945-present
  • Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945


Nanci Douglas & Mary Ruddy