“Children During the American Steamboat Era” is a portion of the submitted Alternative Paper Plan (A.P.P.) in partial fulfillment Emily Ruoff’s Master of Science in Applied Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN in 2019. Discussions in this paper include a summary of the new exhibit, “Children During the Steamboat Era” at the Arabia Steamboat Museum (Kansas City, MO) and the reasons as to why this topic was chosen as the theme for this display. Goals and reasons for topic choice are: to create a sense of connectivity and inclusion for the thousands of children that visit the museum every year, to engage the visitors more into thinking about their own life experiences, and to educate the public in general about the different representations of populations of peoples associated with the American steamboat era. The hope is that this display will enlighten the public to more of the nuances associated with the American steamboat era.
Kathryn "Jay" Elliott
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ruoff, Emily, "Children During the American Steamboat Era - A Museum Exhibit" (2019). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 957.
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