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For the next six weeks we will have fun making arts and crafts projects! and learning fun facts about life in the United States!

Our resource books for our camp projects are:

All-Around-the-House-Art and Craft Book written by Patricia Wirtenberg and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1968.

Arts and Crafts Activities Desk Book written by Joyce Novis Laskin and published by Parker Publishing Company in 1971.

The Reinhold Book of Arts and Crafts Techniques written by various authors and published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company in 1976.

And our imaginations!

These books, published more than forty years ago, influenced the Our Imaginations! Camp projects. The tutorials show ideas, materials and tools available to teachers and students today.

We will also learn fun facts about life in the United States forty and forty-five years ago and explore recipes that were popular back then, too. Resources for this information include:



Life in the US between 1968 and 1976; a Short Autobiography:

Life certainly was different in the United States in the late 1960s and early to middle 1979s than it is today.

My parents and I didn’t have a home phone until I entered high school in 1966. The phone was on “party line” which meant that we shared the phone line with another family who had their own telephone and telephone number. We could pick up the phone at any point and overhear our conversations. “Polite society” hung up, though, and waited his or her turn to use the line.

We didn’t own a car and relied mainly on public transportation which consisted of buses and trolleys in the city where I grew up. We weren’t the only family without a car although after World War II, more people owned cars. Often I would walk to school or to visit a friend or to meet someone at the movie theatre. Sometimes I walked for miles and miles.

There were only three main television channels: ABC, NBC and CBS. They provided all the news programs, variety shows, sitcoms and other programming and went off the air around midnight.

There was an educational channel (at least there was one in my home town) and local stations that were affiliates of the main channels. Television access was free for any family or person that owned a set. Cable existed for rural areas; the rest of us relied on the antennas on our sets and on top of our houses.

People ate many foods seasonally. Fruit such as strawberries and blueberries were not available all year round.

There was not a large choice of low-fat or low-sodium foods. My mother who was diabetic, relied on vanilla wafers, vanilla ice cream and certain cookie products all consumed in small amounts.

Panty hose didn’t come into existence until the early 1960s; women wrapped their hair in hair curlers; and we were not allowed to wear blue jeans in school.

The world was changing anyway just like it is changing now, and many of the events that occurred then have led to the kind of world we are living in today. Read the blog, “Fun Facts” on this website and see what I mean. Research more facts on your own.

Pop art was popular and invaded not only museums but our lifestyles. It was fun to make arts and crafts and explore nontraditional arts.

Batik and tie-dyed materials became popular but traditional arts like ceramics and painting and sculpture remained popular, too.

In Our Imaginations! Camp we will explore materials and techniques using our imaginations as we go along.


Click on ART TUTORIALS and let’s get started!



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