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Electronic Field Trips

Electronic Field Trip to Fort Harrod and Fort Boonesborough

Westward expansion into Kentucky and daily life in a settlement fort
Grade Levels:
20 minutes
Taping Rights:
MARC Record:
Web Site:
KET Online
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
See Below

Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) and Boonesborough, two of Kentucky’s 18th century settlements, provide an intriguing glimpse into Kentucky’s pioneer past. Students will learn why early settlers moved to Kentucky as well as the routes they traveled. Early settlers encountered many barriers to exploration and settlement, experienced conflict and compromise in their interactions with Kentucky’s native peoples, and endured many hardships as they used the natural resources to survive and establish communities on the frontier. Along the way, these early pioneers created a unique culture and forever changed the physical environment of the land they settled.

Through the video and web site, students visit these recontructed forts and experience what daily life was like for pioneers as they watch re-enactors and craftspeople demonstrate the responsibilities and areas of specialization of the members of a settlement community.

The web site includes a virtual tour of the forts, a vocabulary review, and a guessing game, where students identify interesting objects in the forts. Teaching tools include a viewing guide activity and multiple choice quiz. Produced 2006.

Program of Studies:
Social Studies: Cultures and Societies, Geography, Historical Perspective

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

Visits to two reconstructed 18th-century frontier forts—Fort Harrod in Mercer County and Fort Boonesborough in Madison County—explore how and why settlers came to Kentucky, the geographic factors that influenced where settlements grew, the conflict between white settlers and Native American tribes, and daily life on the frontier. A 2006 KET production designed for grades 4-8.

These videos are also available on Discovery Education.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Electronic Field Trip to Fort Harrod and Fort Boonesborough broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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