Heritage, 2010, Volume 4 Page: 26
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TECHN TEA HISOR
The idea that history happened in your "backyard"
is one way to interest young people in learning about the past.
Dr. Lynn Denton, director of Public
History Programs at Texas State
University, says that the power of place--
the idea that history happened in your
"backyard"-is one way to interest
young people in learning about the past.
By incorporating local narratives within
a broader state or national historical
timeline, students are better able to envi-
sion how long ago events shaped their
community. Because education is a fun-
Texas' oldest institution
of higher learning
damental part of their
museums and historic
sites regularly collabo-
rate with teachers to
integrate local or
regional history into
school curriculum. a
This partnership a
allows museums and
historic sites to enrich Z
their role in teaching
history as well as
expanded the access
points to historic
resources. Through a
can share those
resources and offer
online programs that
says. Electronic for-
mats provide Texas
and Skills (TEKS)-
compliant teaching tools to educators
and link students to information that
engage and amplify their interest.
Adding more innovative learning and
teaching formats serve to make the
delivery of information more exciting.
However, according to Denton, the
challenge in teaching history is to also
tell the stories of the past in ways that
keep the content meaningful and
engaging. She likens the process to that
Glenda Gordon snapped this photograph of a
young descendent of one of the "Immortal 32,"
a contingent of soldiers from Gonzales who died
at the Alamo. The young man was looking for his
family name on the monument, which is located
on the grounds of the Gonzales Memorial Muse-
um. Courtesy of Glenda Gordon.
of turning a prism and looking at his-
torical resources through an entirely
different lens. The idea is to create a
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