support of the Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagon Trek, the Utah
Education Network (UEN) was designated the official, educational
web site for the Mormon Trail Re-enactment. As such, UEN, in partnership
with the Utah State Office of Education, BYU Public School Partnership,
Heritage Gateways Ltd., and the Mormon Trail Wagon Train - 150 Years,
Inc. has created an educational, interactive online project site
for students, teachers and families that followed the trek as it
unfolded and continues to provide a database of historical data.
The Heritage Gateways site features
historical diaries, excerpts from published books such as I Walked
to Zion, articles, commentaries, maps and video clips all reflecting
the life and times of those early pioneers. The site is also a rich
source for scholarly writings, links to other Internet resources,
and a comprehensive bibliography of related writings, maps and organizations
all related to the study of the pioneers, as well as instructions
on how to build an authentic handcart.
For the teacher in the classroom, this online project
has high quality lesson plans and activities appropriate for elementary,
middle school and high school students plus a special section featuring
original student art work depicting life as a pioneer. Young people
might especially enjoy reading stories of the children who experienced
the trek first-hand 150 years ago in the Trail Pioneers section.
one of the most exciting aspects of the Heritage Gateways project
is the "living" diaries in the Daily Journal Entries section
which were created and posted from the re-enactment trail. Journalers
had Macintosh laptops, Apple eMates, and a cellular phone to upload
their writing to the site. These modern diaries provide a great
contrast between pioneer life in 1847 and recreating the trek 150
years later. UEN also provided a QuickTake digital camera for the
re-enactment photo album.
Although the re-enactment ended on July 22nd, the
Heritage Gateways Project web site continues to grow and develop,
with many more lesson plans, historical resources, diaries, pictures
and images, and video clips being added.