The $2,500 that Phillip recieved has given him the opportunity to create a materials cultures library at Franklin High that will allow teachers to incorprate material culture-historial artifacts into the classroom. Phillip plans to work with the texbook services coordinator at the High School to create a collection that educators can access and check out historical artifacts for their classroom. Phillip's analysis shows that the inclusion of materials culture applied in lesson planning improves student learning and does align with the educational standards.
August 9, 2017: All funds have been spent. Phillip has collections of fascist and communist posters from the 20's-60's, New Deal Era Posters, an original employee handbook for new members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, WWI and WWII military uniforms, canteens, and shaving kits, children's books and toys from the WWII era, a massive collection of dresses from the 1920's, 1940's, 1960's, 1970's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's, television/radio/record player sets from the 1930's on, with accompanying records, videos, cassettes, cds, a walkman, an original iPod, and an iPhone, board games dating to the 1920's, fishing rods and camping gear from the 60's and 70's, a collection of vintage video game material from the 80's and 90's, cell phones dating to the late 1980's, as well as cigarette packs from throughout the 20th century.
The museum will be up and running on campus in mid September. Lesson plan implementation will be up and running by the beginning of October, as well as a website with lesson plans and documentation of all artifacts. In addition to visitors having the option to visit the museum during the day, there will be likely one evening a month where the museum will be open to the public.
Phillip also has extensive documentation of student scores and behaviors for six lesson plans from last February, March, and April utilizing primary sources for source evaluation from last year. He plans to comparatively evaluate the efficacy of artifacts as primary sources in the classroom.
April 13, 2017: Phillip has recruited a crew of ten interns who will be working on exhibits, collating materials, and running their website. They have started working on a weebly for the website, with the hope of having it running by May.
Below is a photos of Nazi SS officer war knives!