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History eNews from Emerging America - March 24, 2015

Published on Tue, 03/24/2015


  • Boston Public Library summer fellowships & workshops for teachers. (See below.)
  • MA Supreme Judicial Court seeks members for new educator advisory committee (Bottom of email.)
  • Patty Hogan, Minnechaug HS asked – “My district is reviewing the idea of developing a civics class. Do you know of a district that has either a stand alone civics class or variations of civic classes?” Contact Patty: (Copy
  • Social Studies Education in Crisis – Mass Council for the Social Studies survey:  And JOIN MCSS today!

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

  • Western Mass. Social Studies Professional Learning Community - April 7, 3:30-5:00pm. Snacks. Civics Education and Civic Engagement is topic. Contact for info. All welcome!
  • VIETNAM WAR’S ENDURING GRIP ON AMERICA: After 50 years. Chris Appy, UMass, & oral histories of Vietnam vets & peace activists. Veterans Education Project & UMass History Department, with sponsorship of Five College Peace and World Security Studies.  April 23, 7:00 p.m., the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass Amherst. FREE.
    • Earn PDPs for this talk if you also complete the July 14, 8:30-4:00 Emerging America workshop on Voices of the Armory. (Watch for details later this week.)


  • America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940) - Eric Arnesen, George Washington Univ. Kelley Brown & Laurie Risler, teacher-leaders. Rich Cairn, Emerging America. June 29 to July 2 (with ½-day in Oct.).
  • African-Americans in Early New England through Primary Sources. Lynne Manring & Rich Cairn. Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Veterans, Workers, and Citizens: Disability and American History through Primary Sources - Graham Warder, Keene State Univ. & Laurie Block, Disability History Museum.
    • July 8, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown. 8:30am-4:00pm.
    • July 24, Site TBA, Manchester New Hampshire. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • History in Motion: Developing Multimedia Primary Sources. Site in Boston area TBA. Rich Cairn. July 13 & 23, 8:30-3:00 + 2-hour follow-up in Fall. $400 stipend. 1 grad credit.
  • Veterans Voices: Oral History, the Springfield Armory, & the Library of Congress. Rob Wilson, Veterans Education Project; Jennifer Zazo, Springfield Armory National Historic Site; Rich Cairn. 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (aka: Creating High Quality Learning Environments.) Audrey Morse, CES.
    • July 22-23, Northampton – co-led by teacher, Laurie Risler
    • July 28-29 or 29-30, Boston Area site TBA co-led by teacher, Adam Ingano
  • Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts - for Elementary Educators. Sandy Roth, CES. Northampton. August 12.

FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program

  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library The American Revolution Era (1750-1800). May to November. See exhibit preview.
  • Professional Development:
    • 2015 Teacher Fellowship. $2,000 stipend. Research Boston Public Library and Library of Congress. Applications due: Friday, April 3, 2015. Contact for application info:
    • Summer 2015 Institute - Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution July 13-17
    • Visualizing the American Revolution - July 28-29

New at the Library:

Posts on Teacher Blog:

  • Robert Hooke’e early drawings of cells and other observations from use of microscope. Info.
  • Photos of Chinatown in early 20th Century, including San Francisco Earthquake. Info.
  • March in History: Founding of the Maryland Colony. Civil War - Sherman destroys NC arsenal. Susan B. Anthony.  Info.


  • People’s History of the Vietnam War - Teach-In - March 28, 4:30pm - MIT - $5.
  • UMass Amherst - Jessica Johnson for info.
    • April 1, 4:00pm – “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now,” 601 Herter Hall. Benjamin Hedin.
    • April 6, 4:30pm - “Transnational Fight for the Rights of Undocumented Migrants, 1965-1986" Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford Univ.
  • Wistariahurst Spring evening lecture series on Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley.
    • Monday evenings at 6:00pm.
    • April 18, 7:30pm - “Cyclonic: Readings from ‘Queen of Vaudeville’.” $20 admission.
  • Five College Center for East Asian Studies - Free eNews listing of their many events across the Northeast. Email request to receive it:
    • Muslims in China, Prof. Jonathan Lipman,Saturday, April 11, 9:30-11:30am, Amherst College.
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site - National Park Service Teacher Ranger application due April 15. Complete education-related projects. May to August, 2015. (Hours flexible.) $3,000 stipend. 3 grad credits. Contact:  413 271-3976
  • Precision Valley Symposium - May 15, 9:00am - 2:00pm. Sponsored by Springfield Armory. Putnam Hall, Springfield Technical and Community College. For info:


July 20-22, 2015: The three-day Advanced Service Learning Institute: Academics, Engagement and Purposeful Action is being hosted by the New York State Association of Independent Schools at the Carey Conference Center near Albany, New York or contact The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is setting up an advisory committee of educators to explore how the Court can become a helpful resource for teachers. The SJC was created in 1692, and first sat to put an end to the Salem witchcraft hysteria. One of its first acts under the new Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 was to find slavery incompatible with its declaration that “all men are born free and equal".  As the oldest appellate court in the Western Hemisphere, the Court interprets the oldest written constitution still in effect in the world. The SJC has a rich history of over three centuries of cases, decisions and judges, and is committed to expanding its educational role in the Commonwealth. If you would be interested in joining the advisory group now forming, please contact the SJC's new Director of Education Jayne Gordon:  or 617-557-1058

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.