I’ve been traveling the Lincoln Highway for over 20 years and blogging about my travels since 2011. One of the best things about traveling this road is the sense of community that I feel as I meet new people along the way and learn about things that I might never have known if not for this road. And by far one of the biggest (and best surprises) is how this road has lead me to a bustling elementary school in Massillon, Ohio. If you’ve read even just a little bit of my blog you’ll know that Massillon (and specifically the Massillon Museum) seem to be where I land quite frequently. Earlier this year when I was asked where I would like to do my student teaching I selected Massillon as my first choice because even though I’m not even from Stark County (don’t tell them I said that, though ;) ), it has always been a place where I have felt at home.
So, here I am, being presented with the opportunity to share a little bit of my love of the history of the Lincoln Highway and their fair city with some of my new favorite people who all just happen to be in elementary school. I have to admit this task is far more daunting than I’d have imagined. How do you condense a lifetime’s worth of traveling into a neat and tidy short lesson? I’m still not sure but I’m going to try the best I can. I’ve started with the standards in order to try to find a focal point. Thanks to those of you who have given me suggestions on material and especially to Cece Otto of An American Songline for the use of several of her pictures.
According to the State of Ohio’s Standards for Social Studies, these students are studying Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far. Several applicable content standards include both History Strand statements which are as follows: Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades, and centuries and primary sources such as artifacts, maps, and photographs can be used to show change over time. Another applicable content statement is the Geography Strand Human Systems statement: Systems of transportation and communication move people, products, and ideas from place to place.
Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far
What is a community?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary a community is…
Is Massillon a community?
Has anyone here ever traveled to New York City? San Francisco?
Let’s name some things that the three communities that I listed might have in common.
Can anyone tell me where the pictures below were taken?
Do you know why the main street in downtown Massillon is called Lincoln Way?
And so, until we meet again, here’s to you and here’s to the road that brings us together…