MIDDLETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
"Linking the Past with the Present for the Future"
Suggestive Materials for the Teaching of
Local Social Studies with
Illustrations from the History and Geography of Middletown, Ohio
Submitted to the Faculty of Miami
University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Education.
George C. Crout
The following is offered for publication
by the author, Mr. George Crout. Written in 1948, it remains a unique
synthesis of locally obtained resources valuable to today's history
student. This is the thesis for Mr. Crout's second Master of Education
degree. We are indebted to his talent and scholarship and grateful for his
permission to present it to you here.
- The Middletown Historical Society
This study has been undertaken to obtain all the available local
resource material which would be of value to students and teachers in the
public schools of Middletown, Ohio.
While everyone readily admits that the use of local material will enrich
the school curriculum, this type of material is the most difficult of all
information to obtain. The history of a community must be obtained by
searching through primary sources and involves much work to mine a little
gold, while the geography of a city is compiled by actual field work,
visitation of each industrial establishment.
This study was made to give to teachers and pupils a reliable source of
information about Middletown, Ohio which can be used as a resource
material for each class to develop as seems appropriate to a particular
learning situation. It is hoped that this study will serve as a stimulus
to teachers in other communities to conduct similar investigations.
The writer is appreciative of the Stratford House, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue,
New York, which has signed a contract to publish the material in book
form. He also appreciates the helpful suggestions of Dr. Harvard F.
Vallance, Director of the Graduate School, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
To the hundreds of Middletonians who loaned valuable source material, and
who gave generously of their time for interviews, the writer expresses a
debt of gratitude. Miss Emma Hale, local librarian, has been most helpful
and suggested the publication of this work.
Table of Contents
- The Setting of the Story in Time and
- Life in Early Middletown
- The Development of Local Institutions
Summary and Conclusions
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