In the 1880s and 90s, long before TV documentaries, middle class Americans went to Lantern Slide Shows to experience far-away places. Presenters showed their slides in darkened parlors accompanied by lectures; they were the PowerPoint presentations of their day.

As you create your own Lantern Side show think about this:
What did settlers want out of life in the West?
How did the prairie environment help them? Frustrate them?

Pretend your classmates are Eastern city-dwellers.
Create a Lantern Slide Show that persuades them whether or not to move to the Prairie.
Preview the steps you'll take

See a sample slide show