What did you know about Seneca Village when you first scanned the web?

Nothing? Enough to want more? Well, now you have a general overview of the village and its residents, as well as the events that led to its creation and destruction. It's time to make your own discoveries about Seneca Village by looking at different kinds of historical documents.

The clues you will find are in different types of sources. To understand and reconstruct history, you must compare, evaluate, and think critically about the factual evidence presented to you in these sources. Afterward, you'll be able to interpret history as you see it. Making discoveries and drawing your own conclusions based on the clues you've gathered resembles the research process of an experienced historian or researcher.

We have also included some classroom activities that you might want to try, or you can create your own. Always remember to bring your own experiences and knowledge to your research. You've stored a lot of information about a lot of things in your brain, and that knowledge can help you form questions and guide you in your thinking as you begin to interpret and reconstruct history.

Before you begin, familiarize yourself with the documents you will be using by reading the Introduction to Primary and Secondary Sources (IPSS).