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History eNews from Emerging America - June 9, 2021

Published on Wed, 06/09/2021

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 13 for June 9, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Resources
  • Featured Lesson Plan


SPECIAL EVENT: 2021 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife:

Living with Disabilities in New England (1630 - 1930)

June 25, 3-6pm; June 26, 9am-4:15pm; teacher workshop, June 29, 4-5:15pm (Eastern Time)

Info & Registration

Emerging America and Historic Deerfield invite teachers to earn Professional Development hours or graduate credit by listening in on this exciting online program.

African American bearded veteran on crutches with one leg amputated at the knee salutes, his clothes dusty, outside a door marked, "Private - Manager's Office"
The Veteran. (1866). Thomas Waterman Wood. 
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Details below on a featured lesson plan, “What is our value?” 


  • History’s Mysteries new blog post on Juneteenth Resources
  • Mass DESE seeks input from K-5 teachers & leaders: What curricula do you know/use for elementary social studies? Survey
  • Mass DESE seeks grade 8 test development specialist. MassCareers Job Opportunities
  • Mass Humanities - Expand Massachusetts Stories Grants. Letter of Intent by June 22. Info
  • Federal Civics Secures Democracy Act Toolkit. Info
  • iCivics Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship Cohort. Students in grades 7-12 apply by July 1. Info
  • Next issue of History eNews is June 30. Submit items to by June 27. 


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact


PDPs / OR optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

  • 2021 Dublin Seminar: Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930 - ONLINE
    • Scholars from across the U.S.
    • Teachers can earn CEUs or 1 grad credit through Emerging America. 
    • June 25, 3pm to June 26, 4:30pm 
    • June 29, 4pm - teacher workshop
    • Mark your calendars. Info.


  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
    • Led by Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; and Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • July 5 to August 5. Includes four live webinars. Info & Registration.


  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources: 
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America with Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities.
    • NEW: Access FREE K-12 Curriculum on History of People with Disabilities.  
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching students with disabilities.
    • July 9 - August 8. One live webinar: July 14. Info & Registration


  • History's Mysteries Summer Institute: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom: 
    • Taught by History’s Mysteries creators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Deepen your practice; gain coaching to carry this engaging approach across the disciplines. 45 hours or 3 grad credits from WSU. 
    • July 12-16, half-day seminars + half-day work time; teach a unit in fall; share out December 4.  Info & Registration.



See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more. 

  • See newly posted Videos and Materials from Inclusive Civics Series

Contact Rich Cairn about including Emerging America events and consulting in your 2021 Civic Teaching and Learning.




TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):

 You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Tips for Teen Researchers from a High School Researcher
  • LGBTQ Activism and Contributions: A New Primary Source Set
  • Ten Years of Teaching with the Library of Congress
  • Tulsa’s Greenwood District: Exploring the Impact of the Tulsa Race Massacre
  • A Teacher’s Reflections on Participating in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project



  • June 15, 7pm Eastern - Slave Rebellions in the Atlantic World - American Antiquarian Society. Info
  • June 17 & June 28 - History UnErased Stonewall Soiree. Info
  • June 19, 9:30am - 1pm Eastern. Documenting the Early History of Black Lives in the Connecticut River Valley - virtual seminar. Info
  • June 23 - August 3 - Geo-Inquiry. Right Question Institute and National Geographic. Info
  • June 28 - Journalism in Action: History of Journalism. NewsHour & NCSS. Info
  • July 10 - History Camp America. Info
  • July 13 - August 2 - Right Question Institute and Harvard online course. Info
  • July 13-15, Teach about Abolition with Primary Sources. Boston Athenaeum. Info
  • August 2-6, Teach Local Essex County History - visit historic sites. Essex National Historic Area. Info
  • August 12, 1-3pm Eastern - Ties that Bind: Women’s Empowerment in Early 20th Century Korea - Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Info.



  • PD on the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap
  • Facing History. Info
  • National Council for the Social Studies Summer Pop-UP! Events. Info
  • Thursdays 8pm Eastern - Join weekly History Camp Discussions. Info
  • CizenU Announced: TPS Microcredentials Library in partnership with the National Education Association. Info
  • Virtual Summer Institutes: Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources. Info





What is our value? A look at undervalued people.

2nd Grade Lesson. Eileen Gloster.

In this stimulating, age-appropriate lesson, students examine the qualities of good citizenship and gain these history learning objectives: 

  • By providing help for people who need it, we make it possible for people to succeed, thus helping that person and the society as a whole.
  • In the course of American history we have at times helped people, such as disabled veterans, but at other times, particularly if many people thought helping others would hurt the helpers too much, we have turned our backs on people in need.
  • By asking questions, citizens are in a better position to figure out what is fair and how to act. History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.