The Education Committee of the Historical Society of Carroll County has developed interactive lessons to support the 3rd grade Common Core Standards. The lessons highlight was life was like 200 years ago and provide experiential opportunities in the Sherman Fisher Shellman House and Shriver-Weybright Gallery. Students will have the opportunity to see authentic Carroll County artifacts and participate in activities which illustrate how people, places and events have changed over time.
Students experience the Civil War through the lives of two Carroll County men: a Union infantry Sergeant and a Confederate cavalry Private. The kit includes reproduction clothing and equipment; photographs and biographies of Carroll County men who served on both sides of the conflict; examples of Civil War currency; vocabulary list; bibliography; writings from Carroll County residents who experienced the war.
The following is a summary of the lessons contained in the Civil War Trunk
Summary Lesson 1: Artifacts of the Civil War Soldier
This lesson answers the question, what was it like to be a soldier during the Civil War? It utilizes 2 trunks which can be borrowed from the Historical Society of Carroll County. Students will examine and analyze the contents of the trunks. One trunk contains artifacts that would have been used by a Union infantry man, the other, artifacts used by a Confederate cavalry man. Students will compare and contrast the artifacts of the two soldiers to illustrate the differences in the resources available to the North and to the South.
Summary Lesson #2: The Pipe Creek Line of Defense
This lesson answers the question: if Carroll County had been the sight of a major battle, how might the county/citizens been affected? The students will complete a worksheet by utilizing a roads and settlement map of Carroll County. This map also indicates the location of General Meade’s proposed Pipe Creek Line of Defense to protect the cities of Washington and Baltimore. Meade had received information that General Lee had invaded the North and was reportedly in Pennsylvania. The advantages, disadvantages and value of Meade’s plan and the effect the plan would have had on Carroll County had it been implemented will be examined by the students.
Summary Lesson 3: The War and the Citizens
The lesson answers the question how were the citizens of Carroll County affected by the Civil War? Students will gather information to answer the question by reading and analyzing a selection of primary source documents written by Carroll County citizens in the 1860’s, who describe how they were affected by the War. Students will examine emotions, thoughts, experiences and specific details provided by those citizens.
To reserve the kit, contact the Historical Society of Carroll County’s curator, Cathy Baty, at 410-848-6494, ext. 203 or Cathy@HSCCmd.org. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
The kit is available for one-week use.
There is a $20 fee for use of the kit. Users are also responsible for replace costs for any items that are lost or damaged.
Users are responsible for picking up and returning the kit to the Historical Society of Carroll County at 210 East Main Street, Westminster. The Society cannot deliver or ship the kit.
Pick-up and drop-off times will be scheduled when making a reservation. If the kit is not returned on time and forces the cancellation of another reservation, an additional $20 fee will be charged.
The Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland, Inc.
210 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157
Phone: (410) 848-6494 Email: Info@HSCCmd.org
HSCC Website: www.HSCCmd.org