A Unique Educational Resource to Learn About the State
When you think Nebraska, you think of the crack of a bat at the College World Series or the roar of “Go Big Red” at a Cornhuskers game. Or you may be transported to the rain forest of the world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo or the majestic natural spire of Chimney Rock. But did you know that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show originated in Nebraska, that aviator Charles Lindburgh took his first flying lesson here and that Nebraska is home to the largest hand-planted forest in the U.S.?
If you would like to learn more about this great state, Hildegard Center for the Arts is offering a wonderful guide to use in the exploration of “everything Nebraska”: history, culture, landmarks, natural resources, economy, geography and people. HCFA and its project partners, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, have expanded on the images and narratives included in the Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit: “Bridges—Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future” to create an outstanding instructional resource featuring all 93 Nebraska counties. With guidance from Harris Payne, Nebraska Department of Education Social Studies Program Director, and Paul Hunt, adjunct geography professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Exploring Nebraska” includes:
- Photo images from each of 93 Nebraska’s counties with accompanying narrative
- Applicable Nebraska Social Studies Standards for fourth grade elementary students
- A Story Map that allows teachers and students to access the instructional resources of a county via a virtual Nebraska map
- “Quick Facts” about each county
- Discussion points for each county to promote creative thinking
- Additional resources such as links, suggested books and possible art projects
Although “Exploring Nebraska” is ideal for use in teaching about Nebraska in fourth grade curriculum, this resource can be used by all ages—from senior citizens in retirement communities to children in home-schooling families and everyone in between. The resource can also be used by history buffs as well as an inspiration for writers and those who enjoy the Arts and culture.
A project such as this requires many hands. Special thanks go out to those who have given their time and expertise to make this resource available to the public: Donna Williams—Project Chair, Rita Kean, Cathy Harrington, Kim Einspahr and Anne Woita (Hildegard Center for the Arts); Bob Puschendorf and Sharon Kennedy (Nebraska State Historical Society); Harris Payne (State Department of Education); Paul Hunt (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Ann Bilesbach.
This resource is supported in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the following Statewide Sponsors: The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission; Nebraska Tourism Commission; Johnson Hardware Company, the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Thank you to our Sponsors!