Using Google Earth to Tour the Lincoln Assassination
You know that I am a huge fan of Google Earth. Lately I have really enjoyed creating tours of various locations like the Rose Woods and Devil’s Den in Gettysburg. With the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I thought I would offer a Google Earth tour of the events surrounding the assassination.
The tour focuses on the last days of President Lincoln and his killer, the famed actor John Wilkes Booth.
You can download the KMZ (zipped) file for yourself and enjoy the tour. If you’d like to open the file on your iPad, use this KMZ link.
You can read my other posts about the Lincoln Assassination HERE, HERE and HERE.
On January 3, 1863, Harper’s Weekly ran the following Thomas Nast image of Santa Claus visiting the Civil War Soldiers
What can you see in the picture? There is so much to see in this photo. From the drummer boys playing with the Jack-in-the-box to the troops chasing a pig in the background (notice one soldier falling down in the chase).
How about a little seek and find. Can you find:
a soldier with a pipe
two American Flags
A soldier with a stocking
a soldier climbing a pole
This image is fun to look at and rich in details. I love the outfit that Santa is wearing, the soldiers in their great coats, the Sibley tents and the “Welcome Santa” sign. According to an brief article in the paper, Santa is showing the soldiers “Jeff Davis’s future. He is tying a cord pretty tightly around his neck, and Jeff seems to be kicking very much at such a fate.” The article also says that a group of soldiers in the background are playing football.
Here is a new way that you and your students can work with photographs in your classroom. As you know, photographs from the Civil War era are in black and white. Well, while the image may be in black and white, the original subjects certainly were in full color! The following is an image of John Burns who is the only civilian to fight in the Battle of Gettysburg.
And here is the same photo of John Burns that I have colorized.
Using the free photo editing software GIMP, I have taken a once boring, black and white image and brought Mr. Burns to life with a little bit of color. Using a process of adding layers and layer masks, you are able to bring the images to life. Have your students research clothes, weapons, landscapes, etc. Have them think about a picture and what color an object or person might be an why. This gets them thinking about an image and then creating something entirely new based on their research.
How To Video:
Here is a video on how you can colorize your own Civil War photos:
If you try this, take a moment and let me know either here on the blog, on Facebook or via Twitter.
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