The Dubuque Shot Tower

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The George W. Rogers & Co. ShotTower claims the distinction of being Dubuque's most recognizable and enduring landmark. And while it only operated intermittently from 1856 to 1862, the Shot Tower continues to serve as a reminder of America's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of the mid-1800s. To preserve this local legacy and position it in the larger narrative of our nation's past, students from Central Alternative High School in Dubuque invested a year of research in 2005–6 to tell the story. Their findings, combined with essays contributed by community experts, have been edited by John Adelmann into a first-of-its-kind book that presents a fascinating saga of the Shot Tower that has become greater than the sum of its myths and legends.
ISBN: 9781609492564
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Iowa
Series: Landmarks
Images: 62
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
From 1975 through 2010, John Adelmann taught social studies at Central Alternative High School in Dubuque, Iowa. During his career, he used the community as a teaching partner, guiding his students into in-depth historical research with local connections. These projects generated topical research books written by the students and culminated with memorable public seminars that gave them and their audiences the opportunity to make personal relationships with celebrated individuals from history. Proceeds from sales of student publications were contributed to various projects and to help purchase books for school district libraries. This book's royalties will benefit the Center for Dubuque History and the Dubuque County Historical Society. John's work has been recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Association of State and Local History, the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Iowa Historical Preservation Alliance, the Aerospace Education Foundation, the American Airpower Heritage Foundation, the International City/County Management Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and ING's “Unsung Heroes.” In 2002, he became the first high school social studies educator in the tri-state area to be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
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