Step 1 — Artifact analysis
- Give a physical description of the artifact. What does it appear to be made of?
- Describe its special qualities: shape, color, size, movable parts. What is printed on it?
- Uses of the artifact:
- What might it have been used for?
- Who might have used it?
- Where might it have been used?
- When might it have been used?
- What does the artifact tell us…
- about the technology of the time in which it was made and used?
- about the life and times of the people who made it and used it?
- How is the technology different today?
- Create a reed instrument that will make sound.
Cashman, Sean Dennis, America in the Gilded Age. New York: NYU Press, 1993
Waring, Dennis Gardner, The Estey Reed Organ: Imagination, Music, and Material Culture in 19th Century America. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1993
Waring, Dennis Gardner, Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs and Consumer Culture in Victorian America. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2002
Lesson plan and commentary by
Lamoille Union High School
Hyde Park, Vermont