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Community Of Evansville

  1. 1. Our Community of Evansville<br />Alyssa Lambert<br />EDUC 357<br />December 3, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Why this topic interests me…<br />I choose to research the Evansville community because I hope to teach in the Evansville community in the future. I was never taught the history of Evansville when I was in school. I would like to be able to have some key topics about the community to use in my classroom.<br />
  3. 3. Why this topic interests me continued…<br />I really wanted to know more about historical places in Evansville. I really enjoyed field trips as a school age child and I want to be able to give that experience back to my students. <br />I think that in any way that history can come to life for children the opportunity should be taken. By bring history to life, children can better experience it. <br />
  4. 4. What I want to know…<br />Founding of Evansville, Indiana<br />Who was here before the land was settled?<br />Who settled the land?<br />How did they do it?<br />Major events in Evansville’s history<br />What are some of the major events what happened during Evansville’s history?<br />Transition to present day Evansville<br />What happened to get the Evansville community to where it is now?<br />
  5. 5. Connections with the Standards<br />2.1.1—Identify when the local community was established and identify its founders and early settlers.<br />2.1.2—Explain changes in daily life in the community over time using maps, photographs, news stories, Web sites or video images.<br />2.1.5—Develop a simple timeline of important events in the history of the school and/or community.<br />2.1.7—Read about and summarize historical community events using libraries and a variety of information<br />
  6. 6. Mississippian People<br />The “Mississippian” people is a term used for the Native American people who occupied most of the Southeastern United States thousands of years ago.<br />They occupied from the Mississippi River all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.<br />They were a hunter gather society.<br />Hunting and farming on the rich land of the Ohio Valley.<br />
  7. 7. Angel Mounds Historic Site<br />Angel Mounds Historic Site is considered to be one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States today.<br />Located off of Pollack Avenue on the eastside of Evansville, it shows how the Mississippian People lived before the pioneer settlement of Evansville.<br />
  8. 8. Mississippian People of Evansville<br />The Mississippian people were the group that settled the site at Angel Mounds in 1100 A.D.<br />They used stockades to protect the city made from wattle and daub.<br />Wattle is a construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.<br />Daub is a soft adhesive coating material such as plaster, grease, or mud.<br />Angel Mounds was also a chiefdom.<br />A chiefdom is the home of the chief.<br />Being a chiefdom, Angel Mounds was the region center of the larger community of people which spread out for miles.<br />
  9. 9. Where are the Mississippian people of Evansville now?<br />The people who lived in Angel Mounds ended up deserting their city.<br />They began leaving in 1400 A.D. and were all gone within 50 years.<br />It is unsure why they decided to leave.<br />Other groups such as the Shawnee and the Miami moved into the area in 1650 A.D.<br />The area was later settled by white settlers who were drawn to the land’s rich soil.<br />
  10. 10. Why did they leave Angel Mounds?<br />Although it is unknown the real reason the Mississippian people deserted Angel Mounds, there have been many theories offered.<br />Supporting such a vast number of people for decades may have depleted essential supplies such as firewood, building materials, etc.<br />Soil nutrition might have been depleted after growing corn for so many decades.<br />The people may have refused to follow their leaders.<br />Other groups might have moved into the area and competed for hunting and farm land.<br />Natural disasters such as earthquakes might have cause the group to move.<br />
  11. 11. Field Trip Opportunity<br />I would want to take my class to Angel Mounds on a field trip so they can have the experience of what it was like living like the Mississippian people.<br />I would have a guided assignment involved with the field trip. Students would have to keep journals of everything interesting they see.We would have a discussion back in the classroom about the differences they saw in the native people’s lives and their own.<br />
  12. 12. Evansville Through the Years<br />A classroom activity I would want to do while learning about the history of Evansville would be to make a timeline from the start till present day of what has happened in Evansville.<br />As we learn about new steps Evansville took, we would write the information on the timeline. <br />I included a few of Evansville’s first, but I could change them up depending on the different interests of my students.<br />
  13. 13. The Founding of Evansville<br />Founded in 1812 by Hugh McGary.<br />Called McGary’s Landing but the name didn’t catch on.<br />In 1814 it was renamed Evansville after Colonels Evan. <br />Received its charter in 1847.<br />A charter is a document issued by a sovereign, legislature, or other authority, creating a public or private corporation, such as a city, college, or bank, and defining its privileges and purposes.<br />Became a trade center in 1817 because it was so close to the Ohio River.<br />
  14. 14. Our First College<br />The first college in Evansville was the University of Evansville.<br />In 1854, it was first called Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute and located in Moores Hill in Dearborn County in southwestern Indianan.<br />In 1917, George Clifford proposed to move the college to Evansville, Indiana.<br />In 1919, the college was moved and renamed Evansville College. <br />In 1967, the state approved the name to be changed to the University of Evansville.<br />
  15. 15. Our First Library<br />Willard Library was Evansville’s first public library.<br />The project was Willard Carpenters idea.<br />He wrote a letter to the Library Trustees about his plans for a library called Willard Library.<br />In 1885, the library was open.<br />In just two days, 98 people signed up for library cards.<br />
  16. 16. Our First Theatre<br />The Victory Theater was the first theater in Evansville.<br />The theater was built in 1920-1921. It was built in remembrance of WWI.<br />The theater puts on movies, plays, and orchestral performances.<br />In 1998, the Victory Theater was restored to its original glory.<br />
  17. 17. Our First Radio Station<br />Evansville’s first radio station was WGBF.<br />One of the oldest radio stations in the United States.<br />The station started in 1923.<br />The format has changed several times over the years.<br />Now the radio station is “Newstalk “24 hours a day.<br />
  18. 18. Our First Television Stations<br />The first television station to broadcast in Evansville is WFIE.<br />The station started broadcasting in 1953.<br />WFIE stands for “We’re First In Evansville”.<br />In 1977 it was the first television station to broadcast live news and weather in Evansville.<br />WFIE is still broadcasting today on channel 14.<br />
  19. 19. Our School History<br />I would include the school I taught out also in our learning of Evansville’s history.<br />I would include when it opened, how many students attended, and even pictures of the early years of the school.<br />I think the students would really enjoy seeing the school they attend looking so different in the past.<br />
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