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Phoebus teacher visits Hoover Dam

Phoebus High School teacher receives grant to study Hoover Dam

Lyndsay Morrison, an English teacher at Phoebus High School, is one of only 64 teachers in the nation selected for the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Hoover Dam Landmarks Program grant. Morrison traveled to Nevada last month for a six-day workshop to explore the societal consequences of Hoover Dam’s construction.

According to NEH, program participants examined the following questions:
1) What was the role of Hoover Dam in the development of the American southwest? 2) How does Hoover Dam’s construction reflect broader issues of early 20th century American society? 3) What will the legacy of Hoover Dam be for future generations?

Morrison had the opportunity to examine archival materials such as letters, photographs, and oral histories. She also had the opportunity to explore the dam, as well as Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Boulder City Museum, the Nevada State Museum, and the special collections archives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Morrison said she is excited about applying her learning in the classroom with her students at Phoebus.

“I teach American Literature and we read ‘Of Mice and Men’, which is set during the Great Depression, when Hoover Dam was constructed,” she said. “Because of the grant, I will be able to provide a different perspective to my students as we discuss the novel.

“I also hope my experience will provide perspective as U. S. history teachers and American literature teachers work together to develop cross-curricular lessons for our students,” she added.

More information on the program can be found here:
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