While the heat and sunshine reminds us that we have a little time left to enjoy the summer before heading back to school in September, education is on our minds year-round here at the Diefenbunker. One of our most recent educational projects is really starting to get up off the ground, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our team is busy working on developing educational resources that teachers across the country will be able to use to bring the history and themes of the Cold War into their classrooms in the year 2014 and beyond. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that saw East and West Berlin reunited and the effective end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. What better time to get students engaged and to raise awareness of this monumental time in modern world history?
Cold War Teacher Resources Across Canada
We’re going to offer educators nation-wide a variety of packages to suit their subject, grade level, and personal teaching style. These will include all the tools necessary to help students gain a critical understanding of the Cold War and its themes. Using philosophies of museum education, the materials in the packages will appeal to a broad range of students with various learning styles and encourage hands-on and inquiry learning. The packages include a series of lesson plans, PowerPoint Presentations, activity sheets, project proposals, artifacts and both primary and secondary research resources. Our two largest packages so far, ‘Community and the Cold War’ and ‘Media Literacy and Pop Culture’ include overarching themes and projects that can be completed collaboratively with the Diefenbunker, the community, as well as other schools and classrooms on a national, and even international level! They deal with subject matter from the Berlin Wall and Cold War communities, to propaganda and comic books, to pop art, popular music, and protest art! Needless to say, we are really looking forward to bringing this amazing learning experience to students and teachers across Canada!
RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Internship
This project was made possible by the Diefenbunker’s receipt of the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Internship, awarded in conjunction with the Canadian Museums Association to two heritage organizations in the city of the CMA national conference each year. We were fortunate to receive the grant to hire Emily Walsh, our Interpretive Planning Assistant, this spring. She has been hard at work since then, and last week we invited members of the RBC Foundation and the CMA for a presentation from Emily about the project. The visit included a tour of the bunker by Emily and some delicious Suzy Q doughnuts.