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ARCHIVES SAMPLER TOURS


Sampler Gallery Photostory

Tours are structured according to grade level of students. Groupings are for 4-6 grades and 7-12 grades.

Archives Sampler Tour (4-6)

  • The primary focus of the "Sampler" tour is to introduce students to the importance of artifacts and to demonstrate how these artifacts can enhance one's knowledge of history. Practical experience in interpreting artifacts is the focus of this tour. Docents encourage students to think critically about the past and to draw comparisons between past and present events.
  • Students also view a variety of artifacts from the Archives galleries which help us understand and appreciate Alabama history. Items such as a dress that belonged to Civil War heroine Emma Sansom and a portrait of early nineteenth century Creek Indian Chieftain William McIntosh provide insight into Alabama's past.
  • Archives Sampler Tour (7-12)

  • The primary objective of the "Sampler" tour is to introduce students to the importance of artifacts and to demonstrate how these artifacts can enhance one's knowledge of history. Practical experience in interpreting artifacts is the focus of this tour.
  • Secondly, this tour aims to engage students in an analytical discussion about the objects they see and what these objects imply about the people who used them. Docents encourage students to think critically about the past and to draw comparisons with the present.
  • This tour combines examples from major gallery spaces to show the variety of artifacts and archival materials at the Archives. Items such as a 19th century register of inmates at the state prison, a collar worn by a slave in Dallas County, and French wallpaper depicting life in the "Vine and Olive Colony", provide insight into Alabama's past.
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    Updated: January 5, 2010
    http://www.archives.state.al.us/tours/sampler.html
    Alabama Department of Archives & History
    624 Washington Avenue
    Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
    Phone: (334) 242-4435
    E-Mail:debbie.pendleton@archives.alabama.gov