Setting the Scene: Macaroni Boy

The Great Depression and the Second World War

This newly redesigned program brings to life Katherine Ayres’ “Macaroni Boy” novel through an exploration of the history of Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Analyze historic photographs of the Strip District from the 1930s and compare them to today, visit exhibits to see some of the objects the characters may have used, and think about how authors take inspiration from real places and time periods to build their historical fiction stories.

Grades: 3 – 6
Program Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
Cost: $8 per student

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Please note that not all programs are available for all grades. Please refer to the Experience History Programs guide for more information.

Arsenal of the Union: Western Pennsylvania in the Civil WarUnderground Railroad in Western PennsylvaniaMany Hands Make a City: Immigration and MigrationThe Smoky City: Immigration and IndustryConflicts and Compromises: Pittsburgh’s Labor HistorySetting the Scene: Macaroni BoyForging Freedom: Pittsburgh and World War IIExamining the Holocaust Through the ArchivesEyewitness to HistoryShaping Modern Pittsburgh: A Deliberative ForumPittsburgh Change AgentsInspired by Pittsburgh90 Pittsburgh NeighborhoodsGather a StoryA Better World: Improving the Quality of our Lives Through InnovationInnovation and InventionSystems Thinking: Exploring Complex SystemsSteel City SportsHands On History - Exploring Original Primary Sources


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