Students can use the worksheets to analyze and interpret the following primary source sets. Unless otherwise noted all sources are from the Hopewell Museum permanent collection. The grade level and Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies connections are recommendations, but teachers may find the resources applicable to different learners and standards.
19th Century documents & letters (PDF) Grade Level: Appropriate for 8-12. KAS Connection: 8.H.KH.1 Articulate Kentucky’s role in early American history from the earliest colonial settlement to 1877.
This set of transcribed documents include letters from various members of the Clay family, Kentucky political figures, and other local residents. These documents discuss daily life, politics, and property rights.
WWII Rationing (PDF) Grade Level: Middle & High School KAS Connection: HS.UH.CO.3 Analyze the role of the United States in global compromises and conflicts between 1890-1945 in the Spanish American War, World War I, the Interwar years and World War II. HS.UH.KH.1 Examine how Kentuckians influence and are influenced by major national developments in U.S. history from 1877-present.
These documents represent a small look at life on the home front in the United States through the lens of rationing and personal communication. They can help students gain an understanding of other times during history where our ability to purchase or use goods and materials were limited because of larger national and international events.
WWII Personal Communication (PDF) Grade Level: Middle & High School KAS Connection: HS.UH.CO.3 Analyze the role of the United States in global compromises and conflicts between 1890-1945 in the Spanish American War, World War I, the Interwar years and World War II. HS.UH.KH.1 Examine how Kentuckians influence and are influenced by major national developments in U.S. history from 1877-present.
The Victory Mail letters represent how WWII created the need for a new way of communicating, but one which only existed during that period. These letters also provide examples of what soldiers wanted to communicate to those back home.
Community leaders, businesses, and people (PDF) Grade Level: Kindergarten & 1st Grade KAS Connection: K.C.KGO.1 Identify leaders in the local community, and explain their roles and responsibilities. K.H.KH.1 & 1.H.KH.1 Compare life in the past to life today in communities. K.H.CH.1 Identify and describe how communities change over time. 1.E.KE.1 Identify and describe what goods and services are produced in different places and regions in Kentucky.
These late 19th and early 20th Century photos include community leaders, businesses, forms of entertainment, transportation, and industries. Use the including questioning prompts or have students complete the primary source photo analysis worksheet above.
Guest Curator, Nancy O’Malley provides a tour of the Suffrage exhibit section at the Hopewell Museum.