Marshall 1880's

     One of our favorite family vacation destinations is Branson, MO which includes spending time at Silver Dollar City set in the 1880's. We didn't go there last year, but on our trip through South Dakota we stopped at another 1880's town. You could say we like that time period, though I won't share the pictures of us all dressed up in historical costumes.

     This Marshall Publishing review took us on a visual and auditory trip back in time. America In The 1880s has been viewed by our family repeatedly. This may seem silly, but even the intro music that plays before we push the play button for the actual film is enjoyable to listen to. Our family used it as a video, not an additional component to lessons, but we will be incorporating it into future lessons. 

     There is a study guide on the website (click the direct link above) which includes a timeline, important people, vocabulary, and some of the facts highlighted in the film. "Compare everyday life in the 1880’s with today"  is one of the recommended activities. This film will help you and your children have a better understanding of those differences. It is packed with information, so you may find yourself watching it over and over, too. 

     Though we really enjoyed the 1880s documentary, it was topped by the included The Alexander Graham Bell documentary. You may know him as the inventor of the telephone, but this also highlights his research of hearing related to the deaf. His work with the deaf is fascinating and enlightening. This film is a remake from a historical archive. 

    This review is going to end up costing us. This is such an interesting resource, and we are planning to buy more. Some other DVDs offered by Marshall publishing include: The History of the Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVDThe Historic Expedition of Lewis and Clark - We Proceeded On! DVD, and Lots and Lots of Penguins and Their Happy Feet 2 DVD Set of Two DVDs. Be sure to see what others on the Schoolhouse Review Crew shared about these DVDs here. You can also read prior reviews of their Lots & Lots of Fire Trucks & Firefighters DVD and book set and the George Washington Carver  DVD.

     I recommend this to anyone who enjoys watching history. Don't get me wrong- I do not enjoy dry documentaries. This is entertainment that is educational. This video is worth the price- currently on sale for $19.95 but be sure to use the coupon code TOS27 for free shipping. 

     From the Marshall Publishing website:
 "What was life like in America in the 1880s? Just like a time machine, this DVD will transport you back to discover the people and events that shaped this exciting decade: the Brooklyn Bridge …Washington Monument …Statue of Liberty …Gunfight at the O.K. Corral …Oklahoma Land Rush …Johnstown Flood …Thomas Edison …Mark Twain …Baby Doe …Sitting Bull …Sarah Bernhardt …John Philip Sousa …Buffalo Bill …Gilbert and Sullivan …Wyatt Earp…Jesse James and Billy the Kid ….Alexander Graham Bell ….John D. Rockefeller ….Andrew Carnegie ….Samuel Gompers ….Susan B. Anthony ….Lillian Russell ….and many others! You will learn about fashion, politics, sports heroes, famous inventors, Wall Street financiers, railroad expansion, buffalo extinction, Indian resettlement, Civil Rights, union organization, urbanization, the music of the times, and much more!
There is also an archival documentary short film about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, his work with the deaf and the invention of the telephone, as a bonus feature of this DVD. Approx. 60 total min."
      Disclaimer as required by the FCC: We received a copy of this DVD at no cost to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to take a family picture of us all dressed up in those period costumes. I think that would be such a fun memory.


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