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For the Teacher…
welcome you and your students to Far from Hitler: The Scattergood Hostel
for European Refugees, 1939-43. To enrich your
experience we have prepared
activities for students that may be completed
before or after viewing the exhibit.
SCATTERGOOD HOSTEL EXHIBIT
For Additional or Independent Study
A. Recent-Immigrant Interviews
choose to interview recent immigrants to the United States.
Why did they come? What
did they expect America could offer? What
customs and lifestyles were most unusual to them?
What adjustments did they make?
How did these experiences compare with the immigrants from Europe at
the hostel? Send a list of the
questions you might like your guest to address.
B. Create a Family Tree
ancestors arrive from another country?
Why did they come to America? What
did they expect? What
challenges did they face? How
did they adjust to life in this country?
Write a narrative about your family’s journey to America.
Attributes of Community
Discuss the different ways we create a sense of community in our lives. To which communities do we belong? Are these communities based on geography? Common interests? Beliefs? Identities? Why do you think we have a need for community? How did the hostel staff create a sense of community for the newcomers? Part I.
you are a child at Scattergood Hostel, complete the Five
Senses of Community Worksheet (attached).
Part II. Complete
the activity: Objects from our
become active learners by conducting oral history interviews.
They can ask questions and understand the circumstances behind the
choices people make. Choose a
family member to interview about early childhood experiences and the
community in which he/she grew up. Prepare
open-ended questions, and practice interviews with a partner.
Find out who, what, when, where and why.
Record the interview if possible.
Then put your interview into a narrative form.
E. Panel on Immigrant Issues in
sources for issues with immigrants in Iowa today.
Are some of the issues the same as the immigrants faced 60 years ago
at the hostel? Choose a community in Iowa to study. Include on your panel a local citizen, an immigrant, and a
government official. Look at
all perspectives related to difficulties facing communities and immigrants
today. Choose a topic and have participants prepare a town meeting.
Our Cultural Traditions, Independent Research
Ask students to
consider their own cultural heritage. Discuss
the concept of cultural tradition: the handing down of information, beliefs
and customs, by word of mouth or example, from one generation to another.
Ask students to provide examples of cultural traditions in their own
families. Have these traditions
changed over the generations? Why
do families continue/change/discontinue these traditions?
How have different cultures fused together? Can you think of examples of cultural fusion?
(E.g. kosher burritos) Students
should gather artifacts or create symbols to represent the unique cultural
customs, and display them on a poster.
Students may compare/contrast traditions.
Post-Hostel Town Meeting
primary documents and copies of local newspapers issued upon the closing of
the hostel. What proposal did
the American Friends Service make to the community of West Branch?
What happened? Write a
script and roll play a scene of the meeting that took place. Include the final decision made by the community.
Who are the Quakers?
Using the 1995 issue of Cobblestone Magazine, research the Society of Friends. Visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential site in West Branch. Tour the Meeting House. What is the connection between Herbert Hoover, Quakers and the Scattergood Hostel? Write about what you have learned, focusing on ways that the Friends have practiced peace.
designed by Jane Bryant, instructor in the Iowa City School District