Where Lies The Ice King?
A Modern day mystery
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1st Grade Teacher
Charles Fortes Magnet Academy
103 Daboll Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
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___Here is a picture of my 2002-2003 class in front of the Museum Exhibit in our school. This is the third group of second graders that I have worked with on this project since it was begun in the Fall of 2000, and the benefits have been many. By the end of each school year, the students become "experts" on a subject that most people have never heard of - Natural Ice Harvesting.
___ Some of the material that has been added to this site is too difficult for 2nd graders to comprehend, but my hope is that they will re-visit the site often as the years go by - perhaps using it as a resource for projects and term papers.
___Natural Ice Harvesting is a fascinating subject, yet little can be found in today's encyclopedias (check out the 1918 Book of Knowledge) and text books. Much of the primary source information presented here, and most of the photographs, are not readily available anywhere else.
___ This site offers a unique opportunity for you to "visit" the past, and we at Charles Fortes School hope that you enjoy your journey !
|....................What Big Teeth You Have!!!!!.........
We help Mr. Round count the teeth on the ice saw and measure how long it is. There are 30 very large and very sharp teeth and the saw is over 5 feet, eight inches tall ! It's taller than Mr. Round ! If you would like to see an inquiry based ice lesson and some of the artifacts in our collection, CLICK HERE
Let's do some quick math.......
*In 1886, at the peak of the ice harvesting industry, there were over 25 million tons of ice harvested in the United States. As you know, there are 2,000 pounds in a ton, s o o o o ........
Get out your calculators and multiply;
25,000,000 X 2,000 = ?
AFTER YOU'VE ACTUALLY TRIED IT ON A CALCULATOR, CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER !
|____There are two older books that I have seen on the subject of Ice Harvesting in the United States. They are both excellent but, unfortunately, are out of print.
____Some libraries and used book stores still have them, though, so if your "thirst" for ice has not been quenched after visiting this site, check them out. They are:
Joseph C. Jones Jr., America's Icemen: An Illustrative History of the United States Ice Industry 1665-1926, Jobeco Books, 1984
Everson, Jennie G.,Tidewater Ice on the Kennebec River, Maine Heritage Series, Maine State Museum. The Bond Wheelwright Co., 1970
____Two new books on Ice Harvesting and Frederic Tudor were published in 2003 - both of them are wonderful and easily obtainable both in bookstores and on the internet.. They are:
Carl Seaburg and Stanley Patterson, The Ice King: Frederic Tudor and His Circle, Massachusetts Historical Soceity, 2003
Weightman, Gavin, The Frozen Water Trade - A True Story, Hyperion, 2003
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