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Now that you and your students have had to opportunity to practice object analysis as historians in the History Lab, you can teach this extension activity in your classroom. Have your students use artifacts and ephemera to create timelines to visualize moments in history.

History Lab Field Trips 2

Access the lesson plan here and find artifacts and ephemera from WSHS’s collections below to support the timeline activities.

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    [I’ll see you (in 1962)
    Creation Date: 1962
    Catalog ID: 1994.1.2.548
    Call Number: MUSIC/979.777191/Ar58il/1962
    2 page (1 score) sheet music (30x22.5 cm.) for piano and voice, words and music by Robert Armstrong and J. Clarke Rush. Music celebrates the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Century 21 Exposition. Illustrated cover in yellow and black features Monorail and Space Needle. Published in 1962.
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    Non-trasferable reduced fare ticket…
    Creation Date: 1919
    Catalog ID: 1999.34.200
    Call Number: EPH/385.065/Un5n/1919
    Non-transferable reduced fare ticket (29x7 cm.) for first class passage between Megler, WA and Portland, OR and return; issued by the Union Pacific System and including the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. Void for return passage after Oct. 31, 1914. Ephemera.
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    Nite coach menu
    Creation Date: [ca. 1929]
    Catalog ID: 2002.5.3
    Call Number: EPH/388/P586n/1929
    1 folded leaflet
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    [Timetable for Tacoma, Enumclaw and Everett divisions]
    Creation Date: 1923
    Catalog ID: 2014.73.14
    Call Number: EPH/388.3231/P219t/1923
    Card (10x6.5 cm.) issued by the Park Auto Transportation Co. containing bus timetables for Park Auto Transportation Co., serving Seattle, Tacoma, Enumclaw and Everett. Includes illustration of bus. Dated 1923. Title assigned by cataloger. Ephemera.
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    Greeters tourist guide to Spokane, Montana, Northern Idaho, 1925
    Creation Date: 1925
    Catalog ID: 2014.126.55
    Call Number: EPH/979.7371/Sp56g/1925
    55 page illustrated tourist guidebook (22.5x10 cm.) to Spokane, WA, published by the Spokane Charter of Greeters of America. Also covers parts of Northern Idaho and Montana. Intended for automobile tourists. Includes maps, suggested drives and motor trips, hotels, parks and other tourist attractions, and advertisements for Spokane businesses. Published in Spokane in 1925. Ephemera.
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    Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway, Timetable, February-April 1935
    Creation Date: 1935
    Catalog ID: 2015.75.6
    Call Number: EPH-A/385.065/T610p/1935-2
    15 page timetable (23x20.5 cm. unfolded) dated February-April 1935 for the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway, the Oregon Trunk Railway, Oregon Electric Railway and United Railways Co. Includes fares and map. Ephemera. Edward Nolan Collection
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    [Quinault canoe paddle]
    Creation Date: 1870-1900
    Catalog ID: 1919.46.9
    Quinault canoe paddle, 1870-1900. Handcarved from yew wood and unpainted. The transverse grip was carved as a separate piece. The shaft is flattened. The junction of the blade and shaft is a smooth curve, and the blade is leaf-shaped, widening slightly, then narrowing to the tip in a smooth curve. The shaft is slightly bowed.
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    [Puget Sound Salish (Tulalip) canoe paddle]
    Creation Date: 1870-1900
    Catalog ID: 1919.46.8
    Puget Sound style (Tulalip) man's canoe paddle, southern Northwest Coast culture area / Puget Sound Salish / Tulalip, 1870-1900. Handcarved of maple. The blade, transverse grip and upper portion of the shaft have been painted dark red. The transverse grip does not appear to be a separate piece. The shaft is rounded. The blade has a sharp shoulder at the shaft, and the blade has a distinct bulge in the middle, and a smaller bulge just above the tip.
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    [Northern Northwest Coast culture canoe paddle]
    Creation Date: 1880-1920
    Catalog ID: 2000.87.1
    Carved wooden canoe paddle, northern Northwest Coast culture area, Haida (?), 1880-1920. Handmade and carved and with painted formline designs in red and black. Grip extends across either side of shaft and is oval shaped in cross section. Notches are on either side of throat. The top of the shaft below the notches is flat and somehwat triangular in shape; it expands into a shaft is that oval to to more round in cross section. The top of the blade has notches on either side of the shaft. Slight raised area through most of blade center. Tip of blade is tapered to point. U shaped formline designs visible on both sides of blade.
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    [Tacoma Narrows Bridge fragment]
    Creation Date: ca. 1939
    Catalog ID: 2007.42.1
    Large piece of concrete fragment from the First Tacoma Narrows Bridge. With curb and drain hole. Recovered from Gig Harbor shoreline in 2007.
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    Ezra Meeker Oxen and Wagon Exhibit
    Creation Date: Mar. 29, 1947
    Catalog ID: 2009.0.465.4
    Call Number: 2009.0.465.4
    Photographic print, Washington State Historical Society exhibit of the wagon and oxen owned by Ezra Meeker, head on frontal view of the oxen (Dave and Dandy) and partial view of wagon, which are displayed in a large enclosed glass case, March 29, 1947.