New Harmonies: Educational Resources

You hear America's story in New Harmonies. It's the story of people in a New World places they have left behind, and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world is remade.

The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song -- both sacred and secular. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people -- Americans. Their music is the roots of American music.
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Reading Lists

Want to know more about the history of American roots music? Check out this complete listing of books and other materials for children. (Adults can learn something too)!

Lesson Plans
Get the scoop on all the ways you can teach American history with these specific lessons, extracted from the teacher's guide, and created especially for this Museum on Main Street exhibition.

Overview for Teacher's Guide (Grades 4-8)

Overview for Teacher's Guide (Grades 9-12)

Teacher's Guide

Created especially for the New Harmonies exhibition, the teacher's guide goes in depth to explore this little-known topic in American History.

Scavenger Hunt
Take this cool scavenger hunt with to the exhibition, or get ideas about turning objects and history into search and find adventures.