That History Day Guy

October 13, 2008

Where my Feminist At?

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OK. I have an Individual in History that will rock your Kitchen. She is a sister to a famous novelist and daughter of a famous evangelist but she is her own woman! She is Katherine Beecher. Katherine, sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe, was an advocate for women’s education, abolition, and had an insightful view on how to educate the young. She worked tirelessly to extol the virtues of domestic life and empowered women in their work, and encouraged those who thought they could only marry and have kids.

Now, she still towed a party line of subservience to men in many regards. Her Treatise on the Home Economy takes a strike at the view that women’s work was somehow less important, demanding, or relevant than the work of men. She challenged the status quo and provided women the moral emphasis to undertake the rearing of the next generation to strengthen our very culture.

She is at once keeping women in the kitchen and getting them into the work place. She started many schools for women, helped them take their place as the norm in schools ( in place of ill trained men who often lacked a career, and were only teaching because they had no other options) and took their sphere out of the realm of secondary importance.

Now remember this is history, so I could be totally wrong here. But if you want to take on an individual who is very much an enigma (Katherine never had children or owned her own home) then this is your woman!

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July 28, 2008

Play around with a Topic

Filed under: Topics — historydayguy @ 5:40 pm

So History Day Guy is an educator, but also a museum guy…. This past weekend the history kids and the history wife took a trip to the Strong Museum in Rah Cha Cha ,NY. . If you have never been, this museum is dedicated to the history and culture of Play.

History

Margaret Woodbury Strong, a prolific collector of everyday objects, especially dolls and toys, founded the museum in 1968. The next year, she died and left her considerable estate to help support it. Fourteen years later, the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum opened in a new, 156,000-square-foot building on 13 acres in downtown Rochester. http://www.strongmuseum.org/about_us/history.html

So do you know where I am going with this? Individual in history? Yeah, you know the drill. I think Maggie has a great story and the City of Rah Cha Cha and museums everywhere have been impacted by the ground breaking model pursued here. One of the women I work with said this was one of the places that most influenced her professionaly.

So I know you really wanted to do Susan B. Anthony, but take a ride over to the Strong and inquire at the desk about ol’ Maggie and see if this might be a playful topic for 08′!

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