March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Demonstrations: Description

Harvest of History

Megan Kirkpatrick, New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum, USA

In October, The Farmers' Museum launched Harvest of History, an interactive Web site and fourth-grade curriculum site dedicated to agriculture and rural life in New York State. The Web site features a printable version of the interdisciplinary curriculum, an interactive virtual tour of The Farmers' Museum, a database of primary sources including museum objects and documents, and links to relevant resources.

Few schoolchildren today understand how food travels from farm to table or how important agriculture is in the history of New York State. Harvest of History addresses these concerns by providing a technology-driven experience for people to learn about agriculture and rural life in a fun and exciting way. The Web site will help students understand their rural roots, while meeting state and national education standards for social studies and science.

The Farmers' Museum developed the Harvest of History curriculum in collaboration with the National Gardening Association.

Demonstration: Demonstrations [Close-Up]

Keywords: virtual tour, museum education, databases, interactives, on-line curriculum, multimedia