Local History Curriculum

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Flip Book

New Local History Curriculum for Home or School Use

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Jackson County Cultural Coalition have granted funds to the Talent Historical Society (THS) to develop a local history curriculum and two new exhibits for Elementary School children, their families, and the community at large. Since school is closed for the remainder of the school year, THS staff members have worked very hard to make the first unit. “Talent Elementary School: Then and Now” available on this website. An exhibit on “The History of Schools in Talent” is in the making and hopefully will be available to the public once the Talent Museum is open again.

Images of an oversized book, made by revered teacher Genevieve Holdridge, and her 3rd grade students from 1956-1966, documenting the school and the town during that time period have been used as a basis for this curriculum. The book is referred to as the “Flip Book” in the lessons, because it originally hung on a rack so that children could flip the large pages as they went through the book. Three copies of this large book have also been made with the funds. One is at the museum, and the other two will be placed at Talent Elementary School next fall.

The images of the pages relevant to the Talent Elementary School are available here on the website to go along with the various lessons. This is a fun way to learn about our community from 1956 to 1966 and compare it to the present day. The lessons include interviews, games, mapping skills, artifacts and activities, such as making a time capsule, playing jacks and marbles. THS hopes this is a blessing for children and their families as they finish out this school year at home, or during this coming summer.

Talent Elementary Then and Now Lessons

  • Curriculum Talent Elementary School Then and Now

  • Lesson 1 Overview

  • Lesson 2 Kindling Activity

  • Lesson 3 Then and Now

  • Lesson 4 Today will be History in the Future

  • Lesson 5 Make a Time Capsule

  • Lesson 6 Make a Drawing or Collage that Represents your School.

    Flip Book Pages for Talent Elementary Then and Now Curriculum

  • Talent Elementary School 1956

  • Talent Elementary School Staff 1957

  • Map of Where the Third Grade Students Lived 1956-57

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1957-58

  • Third Grade Class Photo and Christmas Program 1957-58

  • Dairy Field Trip 1958

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1958-59

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1959-60

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1960-61

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1961-62

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1962-63

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1963-64

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1964-65

  • Talent Elementary Third Grade Class 1965-66

    Flip Book Pages for the Community

  • Churches in Talent

  • Stores in Talent

  • Service Stations in Talent

  • Restaurants in Talent

  • Motels and Trailer Courts in Talent

  • Logging Jobs in Talent Area

  • Orchard Work in the Talent Area

  • Farm Work in the Talent Area

  • Telephone and Electric Jobs in the Talent Area

  • Phone and Electric Work in the Talent Area

  • Working for the Town of Talent 1956

  • The Talent Post Office 1957

  • Newspapers 1956

  • Mr. Roberts 1966

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