Explorations in American Environmental History: The Photographer, the Artist, and Yellowstone

Lower Yellowstone Range

Overview

Students analyze primary sources to understand the impact photographer William Henry Jackson and artist Thomas Moran had on the creation of Yellowstone National Park and how their artistic talents contributed to the creation of the American West. After, students may research a local environmental issue and create a work of art (photograph, painting, poster, etc.) to draw community attention to it.

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Grade

High School, Middle School

Subjects

Art, Civics, Social Studies

Length

120-180 minutes

Topics

conservation, conservation movement, environment, environmental issues, Thomas Moran, William Henry Jackson, Yellowstone

Author

Teaching with the Library of Congress

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