Everyday Life

1910 Time Line
Montana's Big Stories in 1910
What was Daily Life like?
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Find out What Students are Doing around the state
Background on Interpreting Towns
A collection of Primary Documents
Teacher Resources
Guidelines for Explorers: Good explorers are intelligent; Get smart by practicing the 5 mental habits of highly intelligent explorers.
Using the ALERT Research Process to plan a local learning expedition.

The ALERT web, for planning and carrying through classroom expeditionary projects.

Learning As Story: Understanding the ALERT process by looking at the Lewis and Clark Expedition's approach to learning.
Expedition Mission Statement
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How did teachers, farmers, store clerks, factory workers, police officers, unemployed vagrants, and children live their lives? How and where did they work? What was home life like? What did they do for fun? How did they celebrate weddings and mourn their dead? What clubs did they belong to? What art did they create? What part did music play in their lives?

Social history is an attempt to answer such questions. It is the history of everyday life. Social history recognizes that history is not made just by the powerful. Every person is an actor in history. What was the world like for people who were not powerful or famous? What did they believe? Social history is a vast topic because it includes every aspect of day-to-day life: recreation, work, foodways, social life, religious practices, and more. 

Students in White Sulphur Springs located a register for the Poor Farm that was running in 1910. With this document, they were able to find out what countries the people who were admitted to the farm came from, what their family relations were, what health problems they tended to have, and how old most of the residents were. They learned about the poor bachelors who had come to this country looking for a way to succeed but who ended up herding sheep at the end of the Milwaukee Road.

Students in Libby traced the arguments about building power lines and sidewalks, and the hopes that this logging town would someday become a thriving metropolis.

The history of everyday life can make family history research especially rich. Once you know the names of family members, begin discovering what life was like for them.

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