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HistoryLink's newest curriculum, People on the Move: Early Travel in Washington State, uses local history as a lens through which to view and examine United States history, particularly westward expansion and the role of improvements in transportation and travel.
Using HistoryLink's new Seattle-to-Walla Walla Map, four theme-related HistoryLink Elementary essays, support materials, and links to additional resources, this complete curriculum guides students as they explore the early history of Washington through transportation and settlement. Based on Washington State Social Studies Education Standards and Classroom-Based Assessments for elementary and middle grades, the curriculum requires textual and map analysis to explore how the landscape and natural resources influenced non-Native settlement.
The People on the Move curriculum was created as part of a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation and Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to record and interpret the historic transportation corridor between Walla Walla and Seattle, including many wagon routes and two early historic highways, the Sunset and Inland Empire.
HistoryLink worked with Fennelle De Forest Miller Consultants, Environmental Science Associates, and Manastash Mapping to reconstruct the historic wagon and highway routes and incorporate them into GIS maps. The data gathered will be included in the state's WISAARD database and accessible online.
To describe how local economies changed and grew over time, HistoryLink historians have added to this data information about cities and towns along the route and stories of Native peoples and early settlers. Full-length essays were added to HistoryLink.org and were combined with the GIS map to create a printed map, which is available at cultural institutions along the route. Coming soon to the App Store is a Wagon Roads iPhone app that includes a section of Kid Questions designed to spark conversation between children and families as they explore these important routes.
Image: Roadster along Sunset Highway, ca. 1910s Postcard, Courtesy HistoryLink.org..