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Augusta Students and Teachers to Present
NEH-Funded History Project to Public

 MAILED:  April 30, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Students and faculty from the Augusta Middle/High school will present a public presentation of interdisciplinary projects titled “Your Town Augusta” from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Augusta Middle/High School. The opening program will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The presentation is the culminating event for a two-year project funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Schools for a New Millennium Grant and directed by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Katherine Lang, associate professor of history, and co-director Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor of foundations of education, through the Center for History, Teaching and Learning.

According to Lang, the goal of the project, which ends in May, was to get students engaged intellectually by having them do hands-on research projects about their own community.

“The 13 Augusta teachers, who participated in graduate coursework as they guided their students through this process, engaged their students in primary and secondary source research, helped them connect local history to bigger themes in American history, and built an Augusta wing of the Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley. Teachers assessed student projects in a way that emphasized humanities content and the research process, as well as presentation,” said Lang. “I am very impressed with the quality of many of the student projects.”

The Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley, originally created by Tlusty and several classes of his teacher/students, is an archive of digitized images in a searchable database. It spans approximately 150 years of history and presents digitized images of “slices of life in the Chippewa Valley of North and Western Wisconsin.” The site, hosted by CESA 10, is intended as a teaching and learning resource.

For more information, contact Lang at (715) 836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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Updated: April 28, 2004