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      History Matters
The purpose of History Matters is to engage and empower a team of volunteers who will conduct research, answer questions, and share information related to Otsego County's past, about:

   * People & Communities
   * Business & Industry
   * Events & Activities

Information explored, created, and shared will enrich the lives of people interested in the history of our community.







Update #1  January 6, 2018                           Update #4  January 27, 2018                   Update #7  February 17
Update #2  January 13, 2018                         Update #5  February 3, 2018                    Update #8  February 24
Update #3  January 20, 2018                         Update #6  February 10, 2018                  Update #9  March 3
                                                                                                                                Update #10 March 10

1.  Click Here for the 2019 Schedule
2.  Click Here for the recruitment flyer
3.  Click Here for the organizational chart

Your Tool Kit of Resources

Technical Training / Process
Otsego County / Content
1.  A Guide to Historical Research 5 pages  Source:  BBC Hands On History  
2.  Turn Back Time:  A Guide to Researching the History of Your High Street  16 pages   Source:  BBC Hands On History See the topics listed in the left column of this web site
3.  How To Turn Back Time on Your High Street - Quick Ideas  2 pages

Timeline of Otsego County History - 12 pages

4.  Seven Rules for Effective History Teaching or Bring Life to the History Class by Lee W. Formwalt  4 pages  source:  Organization of American Historians "10 Things Every Leader Should Know About Otsego County"
PowerPoint presentation
5.  Quality of Life Report Card - 4 pages
6.  Must Reads are listed in the left column of this web site under the heading Written History.  Includes the county's centennial book and Gaylord's centennial newspaper.
7.  Calisphere - Local History Mapped: K-12 Activity and Assignment Ideas  2 pages  Source:  University of California  
8.  Foundations of Interpretation 
24 pages Source:  National Park Service

9.  Thinking Like A Historian
  click here for poster

The Historical Thinking Project
Promoting critical historical literacy for the 21st Century
source:  Canadian Heritage

Historical Thinking Concepts     click here for report
                                                 click here for poster

1.  Establish Historical Significance
"How do we decide what and whose stories to tell?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets
2.  Use Primary Source Evidence
"How do we know what we know?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets       Tips
3.  Identify Continuity & Change
"Does change always mean progress?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets
4.  Analyze Cause & Consequences
"What are the causes that are hidden from view?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets
5.  Take Historical Perspectives
"How can we ever understand the past?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets  1    2
6.  Understand Ethical Dimensions of History
"What do historical injustices and sacrifices mean for us today?"
            Poster                             Work Sheets

Two highly recommended books that every local historian should read:

 1.  "Nearby History:  Exploring the Past Around You" 3rd Edition
by David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty

2.  "On Doing Local History" 2nd Edition by Carol Kammen


Check Out These Web Sites is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. It builds on and disseminates the valuable lessons learned by more than 1,000 projects designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history.  It places history content, teaching strategies, current research and issues, community building, and easy access to resources at center stage.  The aim is to bring together the many communities involved in improving history education and professional development for history teachers, allowing practitioners, historians, administrators, and history educators to present multiple perspectives, debate current issues, and work together to improve history teaching in classrooms throughout the United States.


Link to What Was There - Put History In Its Place!  See old photos  superimposed onto Google Street View for a before and after comparison.  The fade feature is very cool!


"Recording local history is a privilege -- and fun!" by Jim Grisso
Gaylord Herald Times January 9, 2018


Otsego County
Historical Society

320 W. Main St.
Gaylord, Michigan

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1223
Gaylord, MI  49734

(989) 732-4568


Our Mission
 To preserve and protect the heritage, historical sites, and
artifacts of Otsego County for the benefit of future generations 


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