Monday, December 31, 2012

Social and Cultural History - Installment #1: New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The U.S.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia "Horseshoe Drop - 2011/2012" 

Often we do not know specifically where these traditions started.  Some of them seem to have been planned as an excuse to have fun, and others are derived from the culture of the area.

Sometimes the basis behind them can be discovered through historical research,  resulting in a greater understanding of that area and those people.

All of the following New Year’s Eve Celebrations can serve as examples your students could investigate to engage in a bit of Cultural/Social History inquiry. Just frame it with guiding questions and ideas.  They may also discover an additional  interesting avenue for historical inquiry by analyzing WHERE most of these celebrations occur.

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