Central Wisconsin History Collaborative

A Teaching American History Grant Project    



Local/Regional and Oral History


Print Media

Electronic Media

Lesson Plans & Misc.



  Winona County Historical Society. (2001) Winona Memories: Historic Photo Album 1851-Today. Pediment Publishing.


Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z, Laura Krauss Melmed (Harper Collins Publishers, 2002).  Rhyming text and illustrations present the sights of Washington, D.C., from A to Z.  RL 6.4


Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, Patricia and Frederick McKissack  (Scholastic Inc., 2002).  Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the South just before the Civil War.  RL5.4
  Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos (River Road Publications, 1998).  Twelve-year-old Gus McCarty struggles at school with an obnoxious classmate named Al until an accident sends him back in time to a lumber camp with an equally troublesome lumberjack named Alex.  RL4.5
  The Wisconsin Journey, Kurt Leichtle (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2002).
  • Joann Fox's (Ball State University)

          Resources for Community History 

  • Karen Mattson & Rhonda Olkonen (Hurley School District)

          Wisconsin's Beginnings -Lesson Plan

  • Mary Beth Plauche's recommendations

   Oral History Books:

   King, Casey, and Osborne, Linda Barrett, Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement

           with the People Who Made It Happen, Alfred A. Knopf: 1997

   Meltzer, Milton, Voices from the Civil War, Thomas Y. Crowell: 1989


   Oral History Links

   American Talkers:


A selection of oral histories from a wide range of ordinary people product by Sound Portraits, including interview with former slave, Fountain Hughes.



   Africans in America: Americanís Journey Through Slavery:


This major collection of images, documents, stories, biographies and commentaries divides examines slavery in American from 1450-1865. It includes first person narratives, oral histories, and biographical information


   Library of Congress American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library:


American Memory is a gateway to rich source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.  The site offers more the 7 million digital items from more the 100 historical collections.  There are numerous sound recording and lessons plans for oral history projects.


Revised 08/25/2008  


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