French Colonial Living History on the Frontier: Meet Samuel the Englishman
Grades: 6 - 8

Video Description: New October 2022! Learn from the living history performer named Samuel the Englishman, who is a netmaker in Ste. Genevieve, MO, as he explains how to make nets and their uses.

Learn more about French Colonial history with our video partner, The Centre for French Colonial Life in Ste. Genevieve, MO and on their Facebook page, here.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: US History-191**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Living history performers show how people lived in earlier times. Have students collect video oral histories from older residents in your area, with them giving demonstrations of how they made something, such as a tool or pie.
  • Use the video as part of your study of the American frontier. What do students learn about living on the frontier that they didn’t know before? What frontier persona would they like to take on as part of a Living History performance in class?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.