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  • Material/Objects and Collections:

    • HSTR 24791 – Card Receiver

    • HSTR 21008 – Calling Card

Both artifacts belonged to Mrs. David W. Wallace, the mother-in-law of President Harry S Truman

  • Vocabulary

Artifact: an object produced or shaped by human workmanship.

Etiquette: rules concerning correct behavior.

Calling: paying a social visit to someone.

Calling Card: a card bearing one’s name that is used to announce an intended visit.

Card Receiver: a dish or other item used to hold calling cards.

Parasol: a light, small umbrella carried by a woman to shield her from the sun.

Reading: giving a detailed description of an artifact.

Victorian: Era of society during the time of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

Visiting Toilette: the name used for the wardrobe worn while calling.

  • Lesson Implementation/Procedure:

Activity #1- Introduction and Warm-up

Offer the students some examples to start the discussion. One example of a question might be: What do you wear when you visit your friend’s house?

Familiarize students with the social customs and cultural traditions in the mid to late 1800s. Possible topics for discussion might include: How communication today between households differs from that of the 1800s; Formality of visits then versus informality of today (ie. length of visit, dress, manners, etc.)

Use the blackboard to list the vocabulary words as they come up during the discussion. For reinforcement ask them to do the Activity 1-Word Search Puzzle that is included with this lesson.

You may want to ask the students one of the following questions or one you may think better suited to your group: What forms of communication do they use with their friends

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