Research a Soldier
Service & Journey
In this two part project, you will visit your local archives, museum or library collections to select and research a soldier from a regiment or battalion that fought in the First World War from your location. You will then create a Story Map Journal presentation using ArcGIS Online.
If you created a new episode in Though Poppies Grow on ARIS, your soldier should ideally be from your character’s regiment (for example, the 29th Battalion in the Vancouver TPG example).
Each one of these institutions have collections of real and digital artifacts. Your teacher will need to pre-arrange a group visit. It is best if a professional is available to help you with your research. It is important to know and agree to the terms of the facility prior to your arrival.
For example, archives are not suitable for large class visits. Most require that a visitors create a members account, agree to special handling of delicate document procedures, and for personal bags to be kept in lockers or facilities outside of the main research space.
The examination of artifacts in a special collection is different from contemporary media and is a captivating and immersive experience for many people.
Identifying and Investigating a Regimental Record
The archivist, curator or librarian will assist your group in locating a document that contains the names of soldiers or medical staff form a local regiment, and other artifacts relating to them. Your task is to select one of the soldiers for your research.
Example: The City of Vancouver Archives: D 547.C2 M25 is the 1919 pictorial record and original muster roll of the 29th Battalion, featured in the Vancouver version of TPG.
Activity 1: Visiting an Archives, Museum or Library Collections
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You will follow the procedures and activities of this nationally-recognized project by by award winning teacher, Blake Seward to research your selected soldier.
You conduct yourself in the role of historian as you source official records and information from the National Archives, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
City of Vancouver Archives Part :LEG1341.3
Activity 2: "Lest We Forget" Project
ArcGIS Online is a web-based geographic information system that allows users to create, explore, analyze and share maps through interactive apps. Free user accounts or an affordable school version are available.
You will locate the significant locations of your soldier’s First World War story and combine them with digital media and your research in Activity 2.
Your goal is to trace the journey of your soldier simultaneously on a map and digital artifacts like photographs.
Creating an Interactive Digital Story Map of Your Selected Soldier
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