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(This should be altered to suit localities, etc.)
Music. Why we observe this day-By one of the school. Recitation.
The following outline may be used by the pupils in preparing a historical sketch of the school district. Copies of these sketches should be preserved, and it will be a very good idea to have some of them printed, framed, and hung in the schoolroom. A copy of them should also be sent to the Secretary of the State Pioneer and Historical Society at Lansing.
1. Name of district and why so named. 2. Township. 3. When district was organized. 4. When and where first schoolhouse was built and cost of the same. 5. When present schoolhouse was built and cost of the same. 6. Name of the first director and of the first teacher. 7. Names and present addresses of the first residents of the district. 8. Name of the present residents of the district. 9. Names of all the teachers who have been employed, so far as known. 10. Size of the district in sections of land. 11. Population and valuation of the district. 12. Number included in the first school census and number at present.
In the same way the history of the township and county might be prepared. It would be an excellent plan to have some pupils sent biographies of the first residents of the district. In these articles any legend or historical allusion that would be of interest should be mentioned.
As a part of the program it would be well to have some of the old residents still living in the district give a short talk on their recollections of their school days. It would be especially interesting to the children to have given a description of the household utensils and schoolhouse arrangements and appurtenances, and to have as many of these articles as possible on exhibition at the schoolhouse. The exhibit should include books, spinning wheels, reels, kettles, andirons, tongs, candlesticks, snuffers, etc. Every effort should be made to interest the older people of the district in the exercises, and to interest the children in the old people and the early history of the locality. The topics given on the succeeding page may be used from time to time in order to give the children some "search topics."
1. Original boundaries of Michigan. 2. Labors of Pere Marquette, La Salle, Cadillac, other Jesuits and early ex
plorers. 3. The Indians—Their legends and their wars. 4. Troubles with foreign powers. 5. Toledo war and acquisition of Upper Peninsula. 6. Houghton-His work and aims. 7. Territorial government and officers. 8. State government and officers. 9. Organization of counties and townships. 10. Mineral discoveries. 11. Our forests—Their past and future. 12. The growth of public schools—books and studies. 13. Michigan's unwritten history-King Strang and others. 14. Transportation From the pack horse, canoe, and stage coach to the electric
15. Development of charitable institutions. 16. Home life and customs of pioneers—Church privileges, dress, furniture,
toys, books, amusements. 17. Primitive methods and present methods. 18. Our debt to the pioneer, the State, the State Pioneer and Historical
Society. 19. What can we do to show our gratitude for present comforts? 20. How can we collect the early history of our State and gather relics for
the museums? 21. Early traditions. 22. Indian mounds. 23. Life in the early days and at present. 24. Adoption of the State constitution. 25. Primary school fund (see Department report for 1903).
ARTICLES IN MICHIGAN PIONEER COLLECTION.
Suitable for use in history classes of public schools.
Arranged by Commissioner E. W. Baker.
THE MOUND BUILDERS.
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The mound builders and their work in Michigan.
Our forerunners (History of Indians)....
THE FRENCH PERIOD.
Early French settlements in Michigan.
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70 244 405 447 368 647 240 225 179 340 504 613
612 16-34 395 22
5 21 27 32 32 33
Letter from Capt. Etherington telling of the massacre at Mackinac..
6 6 7 18 18 13 2 6 3 28
631 633 352 354 355 198 641 623 499 134 343 157 187
Territorial government in Michigan
EARLY STATE HISTORY.
Fifty years of growth in Michigan.
THE UPPER PENINSULA.
The pictured rocks