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Martha Goes to Washington: Equal Representation in National Statuary Hall

Lesson Overview

This lesson is intended to stretch across two 20-30 minute lessons. Students will learn about the history of National Statuary Hall and the statues that are housed in the U.S. Capitol complex as part of that collection.  Students will also examine how men and women are represented numerically in the National Statuary Hall Collection and create a visual representation of the data. Lastly, students will understand the historical significance of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, whose statue will be placed in the Statuary Hall Collection in 2022.

This lesson is also available on Canvas Commons.

Recommended Instructional Time: Two 20-30 minute lessons

Key Utah Standards Addressed

Learning Objectives

Guiding Questions

  • How do statues send a message about what values are important to a community?
  • What does equal representation in public art look like? Why is it important?
  • What was the significance of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon in Utah and U.S. history?


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