Hands On History

Civil War Tech

ALPLM’s Civil War Tech programs allow students to explore the process and effects of evolving technologies in America during the Civil War. These programs meld science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with historical events and encourage students to get hands-on to understand the impact of technological advancements during the war. Technology topics include:

  • Railroads
  • Telegraphs
  • Naval Warfare

Thinking Like a Historian

In ALPLM’s Thinking Like a Historian programs, students learn how historians document the past by examining the existing historical record, asking new questions, completing research and analyzing original records, and publishing their own research. After this brief introduction, students participate in a “History Lab” where we provide finding aids, a curated collection of original source replicas, and resources to help them collect evidence to answer questions. The program concludes with students making and sharing inferences based on the evidence they collect. Topics for the Thinking Like a Historian program include:

  • After the Battle: The Civil War Soldier Experience
  • March for Equality: The 1963 March on Washington

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