Fantastic Freebies: Explore Your Community: A Community Heritage Poster for the Classroom


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I like to write about all the free (and basically useless) stuff the federal government will send you partly because some of it is occasionally cool and partly because it's nice (or not) to see what our tax dollars are being used to fund. For instance, this poster offers "suggestions for heritage studies" on the back. From the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:

In cooperation with the Rural School and Community Trust, and with support from the U.S. Department of Education, the American Folklife Center has produced a poster entitled "Explore Your Community," designed for middle school and high school students. The poster encourages students to learn more about their own communities by engaging in documentation projects. On the back are suggestions for heritage studies and community projects, such as interviewing friends and classmates about school-related traditions and developing a walking tour of a historic neighborhood. The Folklife Center and the Rural Trust hope that students will want to explore and document a wide range of living cultural expressions in their families, schools, neighborhoods, and towns and cities.

The "Explore Your Community" poster is in full color, 22 x 34 inches, and available free of charge from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-4610. Email