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Week 2: Modernizing America
June 17
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June 18
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June 20
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June 21
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Week 2: Modernizing America

Monday, June 17

Activities and Resources:

  • Morning: work in groups
  • Lunch: Lunch at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Afternoon: George Ramirez, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Screening America” at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston



The Immigrant

1917 - a film written, produced, and directed by Charles Chaplin


Notes about the film
(Microsoft Word format) (PDF format) (HTML format)

Information about Charlie Chaplin
(Microsoft Word format) (PDF format) (HTML format)

Immigration Facts
(Microsoft Word format) (PDF format) (HTML format)

See the Immigrant on the Web - free, but you have to register
Register, then click on Silent films, then find the Chaplin: Immigrant link

Lesson Plans about Immigration


In the Heat of the Night

1967, starring Sidney Poitier


Information about the film
(Microsoft Word format) (PDF format) (HTML format)

People in the Film and Musicians in the Soundtrack
(HTML format)

View the Movie Trailer
(Requires Microsoft's Windows Media Player)

View the Interrogation Scene


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Tuesday, June 18

Morning: San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto Monument and Museum are located on the San Jacinto Battleground. The edifice was erected as a tribute to the Texas army which, led by General Sam Houston, defeated the Mexicans in 1836. Atop the monument--the tallest masonry structure in the world, fifteen feet taller than the Washington Monument--carved in stone is the Lone Star of Texas.

The sun dial, on the main axis of the monument, about 200 yards west of the reflection pool, was erected by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The San Jacinto Museum of History exhibits memorabilia of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and documents pertaining to the Texas Veterans Association, which held its first convention in Houston on May 13-15, 1873. The membership consisted of citizens, soldiers and seamen who served in Texas between 1820 and 1845. Moored near the battleground since San Jacinto Day, 1948, is the USS Texas, also known as the Battleship Texas, survivor of the dreadnaught class and a veteran of two world wars and many campaigns. The state of Texas saved its namesake battleship from scrap heap and turned it into an interesting and useful historical monument. The Battleship Texas is open to visitors year-round and contains a museum of documents and memorabilia of its long service in the U.S. Navy.

Lunch: Brady's Landing

Afternoon: Jim Lester, University of Houston, Clear Lake, “The Environment and Environmental History”

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Wednesday, June 19

Morning: The Invention of Tradition: Holidays as History

Lunch: Family Café

Afternoon: Miller Outdoor Theater, Juneteenth Celebration

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Thursday, June 20

Morning: 10 am Tour of Bayou Bend (meet there)

Lunch: Beth Schneider, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Afternoon: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, American Art from the Permanent Collection

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Friday, June 21

All day: George Ranch Field Trip

George Ranch Historical Park (10215 FM 762 in Richmond, 713/343-0218). This 740-acre living history museum has costumed guides who provide a history of Texas' Fort Bend County between 1824-1939. Visitors may tour historical homes and witness demonstrations of pioneer life, blacksmithing, farming and ranching.

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The Project for the Active Teaching of History

Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PATH seeks to enhance the teaching of American history throughout the Gulf Coast region. A joint project of Region IV Education Service Center, the University of Houston Department of History and College of Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, PATH will host a series of summer seminars for teachers and colloquia for the general public.

For additional information: Please contact Debra Williams, Education Specialist in Math, Science, and Social Studies Services at Region IV Education Service Center,
713-744-6846 or