New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_1681
A kitchen and dining room at a logging camp, circa 1912.
What do you think life was like for a lumberjack?
Why did lumberjacks eat so much?
Tony Beaver and Paul Bunyan are two lumberjacks who were not real, but stories about their lives became "tall tales." Why are they called "tall tales"? What are the characteristics of these two lumberjacks, and what aspects of logging life are evident in their tales?
These conditions look pretty rough. Why would anyone want to be a lumberjack?
Peripheral industries sprouted around logging centers, such as tanning. How and why were tanning and logging connected? Locate Tannersville, New York, on a map. Research its local history in connection with the logging industry.
Math: One egg has approximately 80 calories, one pancake 120 calories, and one sausage 95 calories. If a lumberjack eats 10 eggs, 7 pancakes, and 9 pieces of sausage, how many calories did he eat?
Science: Research the environmental impact of deforestation and conservation efforts. Experiment with recycling paper in your classroom.
English Language Arts: Compare the tales of Tony Beaver (Appalachia) and Paul Bunyan (Northeast States). What similarities can be found? What do these stories say about the life of a lumberjack?
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