Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes. Teaching with Historic Places.Report as inadecuate

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The original Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station (North Carolina) is a reminder of the stations constructed by the U.S. Lifesaving Service during its 44-year existence (1871-1915). The original station building was among the first seven constructed on North Carolina's treacherous Outer Banks in 1874. A larger building was added in 1904, and the site remained active under the U.S. Coast Guard until 1954, when it was decommissioned and transferred to the National Park Service as a part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It still stands among the windblown sands of Hatteras Island (North Carolina), untouched by development, a monument to the lifesavers it once housed. This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places for Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving/Coast Guard Station and primary sources about the station's activities. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography course units on 19th-century commerce or transportation, civics, or the chronological period after Reconstruction. The teacher materials include: information about the lesson plan and how to use it, where it fits into the curriculum, objectives for students, visiting the site, and supplementary resources. The student materials include seven sections: "Getting Started"; "Photograph Analysis Worksheet"; "Setting the Stage"; "Locating the Site" (two maps); "Determining the Facts" (A Noble Service; Instructions to Mariners; Personal Testimonies); "Visual Evidence" (Photos: Lifesaving Crew, 1890s; Little Kinnakeet, 1890s; Little Kinnakeet C.G. Station; Thursday's Drill); and "Putting It All Together" (Activities: Shipwrecks and Rescues; Beach Patrol; Today's Lifesavers). (BT)

Descriptors: Built Environment, Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History

Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text:

Author: Eckard, Chris


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