Curiosity Kits inspire exploration and learning of history through place. These multi-piece resources include articles that explore historic places and provide educational activities for life-long learners. This kit focuses on Katharine Lee Bates, author of what became the song “America the Beautiful.” Learn about some of the places associated with her life and work. You’ll also find activities and discussion questions for learners of all ages.
Article 1: Learning from Katharine Lee Bates
This article offers activities relating to poet Katharine Lee Bates. She is most well known for her poem “America” (also known as "America the Beautiful"). Read more
Article 2: Places of Katharine Lee Bates and “America the Beautiful”
The opening lines of “America the Beautiful” first struck Katharine Lee Bates atop Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. During the summer of 1893, she embarked on a journey across the United States. Originally written as a poem, many of the lines in Bates’ ode to the American landscape refer to geographical features she encountered during her travels. Read more