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The History Channel offers for next week

November 18, 2004
The History Channel is pleased to bring you this week’s educational programming update:

Special Presentation: History of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 24th at 7PM/6c
Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown, Saturday, November 27th at 8PM/7c

Turkey dinners, footballs and parades--these are the modern-day trappings of the holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year. But Thanksgiving is more than just a day of food and festivity. It is an American tradition that celebrates the bounty of the nation. Originating as a feast of thanks to both God and the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims survive their first harsh winter in the New World, Thanksgiving Day is a tradition that has endured for more than three centuries. What started as a New England tradition eventually spread across the entire country and is American as apple pie, or in this case, pumpkin pie!
Join The History Channel as it traces the roots, the history and the evolution of this quintessential American holiday.

Curriculum Links: The History of Thanksgiving would be useful for classes on American History, American Culture and Native American History. It is appropriate for elementary school, middle school and high school. It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and Innovation, and Patterns of Social and Political Interaction.

Teacher’s Guide Available: Buy it today!

Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown Saturday, November 27th at 8 PM/7c Their fates and legacies have shaped our own histories immeasurably, but how many of us feel like we can really envision the Jamestown colonists and their every day lives? For so long, their stories have come to us through the scant primary sources which have survived since they first launched this grand experiment sponsored by the Virginia Company of London in 1607. Yet as this fascinating program, Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown reveals, what we know about Jamestown has been expanded in ways previously unimaginable by a series of excavations at the site of the former colony. Through the tools of archeology and scientific investigation, countless artifacts and physical clues have been unearthed which make it possible to know with amazing accuracy what the colonists looked like, how they fought, how they related to Native Americans, and even what they ate (students will enjoy some of these shocking revelations!) Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown follows the work of the on-going excavation effort in Jamestown in which archeologists have uncovered hundreds of thousands of everyday objects, structures, and skeletons from the colony. These experts instruct viewers on the methods of interpretation they use to analyze these items and what they tell us about life in Jamestown. By looking carefully at the patterns in tree rings, for instance, the archeologists are able to tell “a story as long as the tree is old.” The realities of famine, war with Native Americans, and the devastating drought which coincided with the settlers’ arrival are all factors explored in the program which help viewers better understand the difficulties the colonists were up against. Teachers and their students will be amazed to discover how much new information the excavations divulge, and will learn through the commentary of archeologists how they make meaning out of these stunning new findings. Through watching this program, viewers will feel like they are closer than ever to seeing what life was like for the men and women of this fragile colonial settlement.

Curriculum Links: Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown would be useful for courses on American History, American Culture, Geography, Science and Technology, and for courses with units on Archeology. It is also very useful for courses and activities related to historic perseveration. It is appropriate for middle school and high school and fulfills the following guidelines outlined by the National Council for History Education: Human Interaction With the Environment, and Patterns of Social and Political Interaction.
Teacher’s Guide Available:

Vist our New Veteran’s Day Category:

THE HISTORY CHANNEL CLUB – Now teachers can join at a discounted price!! Try The History Channel Club FREE for 30 Days! If you like it, you can join at a discounted annual price of only $19.95 and save 17% off the current membership price. Join and you’ll receive: THE HISTORY CHANNEL CLUB MAGAZINE One of the most in-depth, information rich magazines on the market, it’s great to share with students and available to members of The Club six times per year. The History Channel Club magazine is full of amazing historical photos and fascinating articles on U.S. History.

THE GUIDE TO HISTORIC AMERICA A terrific resource for field trips, this guide lists museums, monuments, historic homes and sites across the U.S. – over 400 listings in all! It’s categorized by topic and cross-referenced by location, making it easy for you to find the perfect place for your students to visit.
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