Questions That Arose How tall is the Blockhouse? How long did it take to build? What materials were used to build it? How old is the Blockhouse? Why was it built? What was it used for? Who is Mad Anthony Wayne? What did he do? Why was he buried here? Why was the Blockhouse shaped like it is?
Context of the Work Social: The Blockhouse may be used as a tourist destination and an educational attraction for children learning about the Revolutionary War Cultural: Location- why was the Blockhouse built behind the Soldiers and Sailors home?
Connection to Avalon Exhibit Creating a still-life picture that tells a story The use of dolls The condition of the exhibit portrays Mad Anthony’s stay at the Blockhouse in his final days Dire situation Replication of an environment Objects on the table were not under glass like at the Avalon exhibit. You could touch them
Projects for Students HISTORY Students can research information about what was going on during the time when Mad Anthony Wayne was alive. Anthony Wayne was a General in the Revolutionary War. What generals and what is their job? ART Use popsicle sticks to build the Blockhouse Design their own flags MATH Measure the dimensions of the building Calculate the height of the Blockhouse by using Trigonometry (use the shadow)
Projects for Students Cont. Science Why did the builders use wood to make the structure? What properties of wood make it an ideal building material? How has the environment caused the weathering of the building? (i.e. the effects of water, ice, heat, cold, wind) English Write a story about the Revolutionary War or Mad Anthony Wayne. Learn how to spell words like; Revolutionary, soldier, sailor, General, etc… Music Write a song about Mad Anthony Wayne Learn about war drummers and how they used a drum to keep the march in time
Line of Inquiry Why did they build a second Blockhouse? How did they reconstruct the site without disturbing the grave site?
Key Ideas Important historical site for Erie because of how it connects to the Revolutionary War. This site is ideal for school children who visit because it has an exploratory aspect with a lot of historical contextual information.
Personal Reflections Building looked really old Reminded us of a museum Reminded us of a camp site cabin Nervous about walking up the spiral staircase to the second floor The way the light got in through the cracks in the windows created unique lighting
References RoadsideAmerica.com. (2011). Where Mad Anthony Wayne Died. Retrieved from http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/17318