In this essay, you will visit an assigned history museum online. Following your visit to the online museum site, you will write an essay about your experience visiting the museum online and your analysis of an artifact found in the museum site.
In this essay, you will visit an assigned history museum online
You will be completing a Discovering History Essay (15%), which is to be 750 words minimum. No more than 1,000 words in length. In this essay, you will visit an assigned history museum online. Following your visit to the online museum site, you will write an essay about your experience visiting the museum online and your analysis of an artifact found in the museum site. Your essay should discuss the history that is preserved, how it is preserved and why it is preserved. The purpose of this assignment is for you, the student, to explore and think about the importance of history preservation, that is who, how, and why history is preserved. The assignment will evaluate your writing skills and your analysis of the experience. Furthermore, you will need to correctly follow MLA format.
1. For this essay you will be visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum online: https://www.mountvernon.org/ (Links to an external site.)
2. You will explore the website, then you are going to do the virtual tour of the house at the following link: https://virtualtour.mountvernon.org/ (Links to an external site.)
3. Following your tour, you will then go and Explore the Museum Collection site and select an artifact of your choosing at: https://www.mountvernon.org/preservation/collections-holdings/browse-the-museum-collections/ (Links to an external site.) (Make sure you save the link to the artifact of your choosing).
4. After your virtual exploration and selection of an artifact. (Make sure you are taking notes), you will be ready to start your essay.
5. You need to follow MLA format (remember any information take n from the site needs to be cite d correctly).
6. See additional format at the end of the assignment instructions.
The essay should follow the formal guidelines of college writing; however, the tone may be less formal than if you were writing a research paper. Write in a descriptive manner, but do not just summarize your visit—described your experience and what you learned about the historical site in a thoughtful essay. Arrange your thoughts in coherent paragraphs, making sure you have an introduction and conclusion.
Questions to Address in Your Essay:
What kind of history is preserved in the location you attended?
How the history was presented to you; that is, was it a guided virtual tour, or where you allowed to explore by yourself?
Is there anything that should be added to the virtual tour?
Would you like to visit this site in person?
Further, What time period is the historical society/museum preserving (19th century, 20th century, earlier)?
What type of artifacts (that is, primary sources) are preserved in the museum?
Also, What type of artifact you chose from the Collection? Why did you choose it?
Additionally, What is important about the artifact? What does it tell you about the time period it was created?
Finally, and this is an important part of the essay, who/what preserved and maintains George Washington’s house?
Why should historical places like this be preserved?