Step 1 — Artifact analysis
- What kind of map is this?
- What physical qualities (compass, date, scale, etc.) are observable on this map?
- Use of the artifact:
- Why might this map have been drawn?
- What evidence suggests why this map may have been drawn?
- Where might it have been used?
- When might it have been used?
- What does this map tell us…
- about the time in which it was made and used?
- about the life and times of the people who made it and used it?
- What information is missing from this map that would help the reader understand more about this place and/or time?
- How is the region portrayed in this map different today?
Cashman, Sean Dennis. America in the Gilded Age. New York: New York University Press, 1993.
Freeman, Abraham Clark. The American State Reports Containing the Cases of General Value and Authority. San Francisco: Bancroft-Whitney Company, 1903.
Graffagnino, J. Kevin. “Arcadia in New England: Divergent Visions of a Changing Vermont, 1850-1920.” Celebrating Vermont: Myths and Realities. Ed. Nancy Price Graff. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1991. 45-60.
Holmes, Beatrice Schoff. History of Canaan, Vermont. Colebrook, NH: M/S Printing and Advertising, 1976.
Hunter, Verne M. and Marjorie M. Carrier. History of Brunswick, Vermont. Littleton, NH: The Courier Printing Co., Inc., 1977.
Railroad Connections, Vermont Northern Part. Map. Boston: Walker Lithograph and Publishing Company, 1905. [Vermont Historical Society Call Number 912.743 W152n]
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Canaan High School