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International Paper Company, North Tonawanda, NY, 1936

Industry. International Paper Company

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Series8_No2
 
Document Description
Piles and piles of logs waiting to be processed at the International Paper Company in North Tonawanda, New York, 1936.
 
Questions
What do we use logs for?
Where do we get wood?
What are some things that are made of wood?
Why was the Adirondack region attractive for logging?
What natural resources and geography helped the industry?
What are some problems that can result from cutting down too many trees?
Why did whole towns form around logging camps?
How did the use of technology increase the number of trees cut down?
What do we, as a society, encourage to help reduce the amount of trees cut down?
What do you think the term "sustainable development" means?
 
Historical Challenges
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.
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
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?
 
Resources
Luen, Nancy. Song for the Ancient Forest. Simon & Schuster Children's, February 1993. ISBN: 0689317190
Barron, T.A. The Ancient One. The Penguin Group, December 2003. ISBN: 0441010326
MacMillan, Dianne. Life in a Deciduous Forest. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, March 2003. ISBN: 0822546841
Kellogg, Steven. Paul Bunyan. William Morrow & Company, Inc., March 1985. ISBN: 0688058000
Locker, Thomas. Sky Tree. HarperCollins Publishers, August 2001. ISBN: 0064437507
 

 

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Historical Context
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.
 
Essential Question
How does geography impact local economies?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the role of geography in the local economy.