Ohio History Video

This is an excerpt from a video produced for the 2003 bicentennial of Ohio. This clip highlights a lot of what you will be learning.

MP4 WebM Ogg

Independent Projects Gallery

Just in time for the weekend, a gallery of fantastic Social Studies Independent Projects!

Labor Day

The Father of Labor Day?

Express-Times Photo | Marilyn Sweerus holds a picture of her grandfather, Matthew Maguire, who she says was responsible for Labor Day.

Express-Times Photo | Marilyn Sweerus holds a picture of her grandfather, Matthew Maguire, who she says was responsible for Labor Day.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday.

Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

American Made Toys

American Plastic Toys

Little Tikes

Do you have any American made toys in your toy box?

G3: Family Roots

Who are your ancestors?  What is your ethnicity?  What customs and traditions have been handed down to you?

The Family Roots project is your opportunity to dig into the history of your family and uncover your roots.  When completing the chart, be sure to only include blood relatives, no step parents or step grandparents.  This project is due on Monday!

download Family Roots pdf

To earn an Independent Project Point just add at least four of your great-grandparents to the chart.


My Trip To Fort Laurens

On Friday morning I took Little Conte to Fort Laurens.   We walked along the outline of the old fort, toured the museum, took pictures and bought a few souvenirs.  Among those souvenirs is a coloring book filled with examples of late 1700’s military uniforms.  Coloring contest anyone?

The museum is small, but extremely interesting, particularly because of all that you have been studying.

If you do decide to visit the site, be sure to spend a quiet moment at the tomb of the unknown soldier.  Take time to retrace the outline of the old fort.  As you walk the grounds think about the men who fought there.  You just might walk over the very spot Simon Girty stood, or past the spot where one of our great colonial soldiers took his last breath.

CLICK HERE –> A trip to Fort Laurens can be used for THREE Independent Project Points in Social Studies/History.

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