WRITING HISTORIC LETTERS

Without telephones and other modern forms of communication, most people in the nineteenth century relied on the mail to keep in touch with friends and family who were away. The mail was also essential for maintaining business connections. In these exercises, students write home relating their experiences on a farm, at a lumber camp, or on the oil fields, or they create their own letterhead and learn to write a business letter.

LETTERHEADS
Brainstorm ideas for each of the four early industries before beginning first draft.

PROJECT 1

1. Make a copy of an example letter for each student or cooperative group. (Found here.)
2. Have students write a letter home describing their life and job with this company.

PROJECT 2

1. Make a copy of an example letterhead for each student or cooperative group. (Found here.)
2. Students can design their own letterhead for a known company or create a company. Use the letterhead to write a bill or a business letter.

 

Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society