Grand Avenue Middle School is displaying an exhibit entitled, The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917. The exhibit, which is on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, explores the reform movement known as the Progressive Era.
The panel exhibition displays a myriad of primary sources, including letters, cartoons and photographs that focus on the social, political and economic problems at the dawn of the 20th century. Eighth-grade teachers developed a project for students to explore the problems and the solutions proposed by reformers of the Progressive Era.
Eighth grader Katelyn Schwartz chose to focus her project on Susan B. Anthony, as she said the historic figure was most familiar to her.
“I learned that her picture was put on the back of a coin,” Schwartz said.
The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School district is an affiliate school of the Institute, which is located in midtown Manhattan. The Institute makes available museum quality American History exhibitions for schools to display on important topics in American history. The projects and panel exhibit are on display through at Grand Avenue through Nov. 3.