Collections for the Classroom: The Historiscope of the American Revolution

31st Annual National Conference for History Education Conference

April 8, 2021

This session, What a Nineteenth Century Educational Toy Can Teach Us About Capturing Place, Time and Historical Memory, focused on the use of primary source objects to demonstrate how events from America’s War for Independence have been visually preserved for historical memory, and how those memories have contributed to America’s national identity—and featured the American Revolution Institute’s “historiscope” and a lesson plan developed by one of our master teachers. The historiscope is an educational toy from the mid-nineteenth century comprised of scrolling lithographs depicting scenes from the American Revolution and other events in early American history.



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