Dreaming of life in the White House PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:37
(Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series that will run on Wednesday's through May 1. The intent is for teachers to use it in the classrooms. The series includes a Spanish translation of the story, also on this page, as well as in-class questions to ask students.)

Alyssa dreams about what the White House was like in the 19th century. (Photo illustration by Peter Burroughs)
"What did you learn today?" Alyssa's mom asked after chewing a bite of salad.
Just as Alyssa was about to mention her math test, her older brother Scott, who was home from college, blurted out, "We're long lost relatives of President Rutherford B. Hayes! I found out today on one of those genealogical websites."
"For real? The 19th president!" Alyssa's dad exclaimed, setting down a platter of spaghetti and meatballs.
"That's the one! He was born in Delaware, Ohio, one of the major stops for the Underground Railroad, and President Hayes also retired to Fremont during his twilight years."
Alyssa listened closely as her brother talked about how President Hayes served his term during the Civil War era when horse and railroad were the two main forms of transportation. During that time Alexandra Graham Bell installed the first phone in the White House, and mail was sent through telegrams. Just then her brother's iPhone chimed its email alert.
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