Rambles Through Our Country: An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young

As teachers prepare course materials for the upcoming school year, many will think of ways to combine fun with learning. One item from our collection that has proven attractive to many visiting teachers at the Library is the 1890 game Rambles Through Our Country- An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young.

Rambles through our country - an instructive geographical game for the young. Published in New York : Schaefer & Weisenbach, Litho., c1890.

Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. Chromolithograph published by Schaefer & Weisenbach, Litho., copyrighted 1890. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.03272

The goal of the game is to help players become familiar with American geography and the treasures the United States has to offer. A player spins the “teetotum” and places their counter on the matching number on the map. Each number then corresponds to a location and description in the accompanying booklet. Fortunately, the booklet is available online from the Internet Archives!

Screenshot of Archives.org's online resource for the booklet that accompanies <em>Rambles Through Our Country.<em/>

Screenshot of the Archives.org’s online resource for the booklet that accompanies Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young, scanned from a copy in the collections of Harvard University.

Curious about what might be described for my home state of North Carolina, I took a look in the booklet and learned the etymology of the endearing term for its residents, “tar-heels,” and finally put legends to rest!

Pitch, tar, turpentine, and rosin are produced here in such quantities that the inhabitants of the State have been named “Tar-Heels.’ (page 90)

Close up of <em>Rambles through our country - an instructive geographical game for the young.<em/> Published in New York : Schaefer & Weisenbach, Litho., c1890.

Detail of Rambles Through Our Country – An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. Published in New York : Schaefer & Weisenbach, Litho., c1890. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.03272

What can you learn about your home state? Can you identify every landmark on the map? And can anyone tell us what the dome-shape is in Florida’s panhandle?

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Detail of Rambles Through Our Country- An Instructive Geographical Game for the Young. Published in New York : Schaefer & Weisenbach, Litho., c1890. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.03272

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One Comment

  1. Sherry L.
    August 10, 2016 at 8:53 am

    A delightful geography idea for the classroom! Thanks for this blog post.

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