Lesson Plan

An Interview with Colonel Elias J. Unger

The Unger House
The home of Colonel Elias J. Unger (NOTE: "An Interview with Colonel Elias J. Unger" actually takes place in the Clubhouse building
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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Commerce and Industry, History
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
Pennsylvania Standard 1.6.5
Pennsylvania Standard 7.4

Overview

During this interactive play, students will meet Colonel Elais J. Unger, president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. A ranger will portray Unger and tell the story of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889.

Objective(s)

Learn about the history of the breaking of the South Fork Dam through the perspective of the president of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club.



Background

A partnership was formed with the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Out of this partnership an interdisciplinary curriculum based prgoram about the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 was created, which provides a complete educational experience telling the story of the Johnstown Flood. This program takes the student from the story's beginnings-the South Fork Dam and Clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club to the story's end-disaster, relief and the rebuilding of the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.



Procedure

As students enter the theater a list of items to be auctioned will be handed out. On the back of twelve of the hand outs are reporter questions and assignments for interaction with Elias J. Unger. The play opens at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. An auction is about to take place. All of the items left behind after the club disbanded are being sold off at a sheriff's sale.