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[Detail] Yosemite National Park, Mirror Lake and Mt. Watkin

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920, provides images that can be used as the starting point for fictional and persuasive writing projects, such as the creation of travel brochures. Put other analytical skills into practice by using the collection to curate an exhibit on a theme of your choice. Or, practice public speaking by taking on the role of a planner and giving a presentation based on development plans from the collection. Numerous images can be used to explore the significance of setting in fictional writing.

1. Curate an Exhibit

This collection will assist in connecting visual content with research and documentary writing. Create a curated or documented display of images from the collection to portray a message or theme. Select a theme represented in the collection such as one of the topics covered in the U.S. History section of this Learn More About It. Searching on terms related to the chosen topic, gather images that best represent the theme or message that you would like to portray.

Children in Garden, N.Y.

School Gardens, Children in Garden, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY.

Having collected the images, arrange them by time, architect, or another schematic theme. Then, create captions appropriate to the images. Captions should convey the basic facts about the image such as those included in the bibliographic information. In addition, include commentary that will lead the reader towards understanding the theme of your curated exhibit.

For example, searching on the terms school garden or children's garden retrieves the images on the right. You can do further searches for playgrounds and parks and then create an exhibit about the way children played or used the outdoors at the turn of the century, comparing these activities to what children do today.