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History eNews from Emerging America – March 27, 2019

Published on Wed, 03/27/2019


  • Mass History and Social Science Policy Update:
    • MCAS will start with grade 8 civics. There may or may not be future assessments in elementary or high school. DESE is developing pilot, anticipated in spring 2020–more info to come.
    • Civic Engagement projects must occur in both 8th grade and high school. Again, more info to come.
  • Tuesday, April 9 – 3:30-5:00pm. Social Studies Leaders of Western Mass PLC. Haymarket Cafe, Northampton. Contact:

Centennial of 19th Amendment

Votes for Women

Picture of a woman in a window with the words "Shes Good Enough to Be Your Baby's Mother and she's good enough to vote with you"

“She’s Good Enough to Be Your Baby’s Mother: And She’s Good Enough to Vote with You”. Alfred Bryan and Herman Paley. [1916].
From a collection of sheet music on women’s suffrage.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



America Transformed: Teaching Westward Expansion Using Primary Sources. Instructors Michelle LeBlanc, Rich Cairn, and historian Heather Cox RIchardson

  • April 3 & April 10, 2019, 9am-3pm – Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map Center. Register with Leventhal.

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • April 23 and May 21 – Northampton.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • A Sailor, a Nurse, and a Kiss, on V-J Day
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Exploring the Triad through the Civil War Bugle
  • Coding with Primary Sources: Exploring Bugle Calls through Programming
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Workshop Opportunities

Library of Congress Events/Webinars:

  • April 4 – 7pm – The American Archive of Public Broadcasting in the Classroom – Register
  • April 16 – 4pm – Exploring Social Justice through the Arts – Part II – Register
  • April 30 – 4pm – Creatively Exploring the 12-Bar Blues – Register

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

  • March 28 – 7pm – The Southwick Historical Society: How Daniel Shays Escaped the Hangman’s Noose – Information
  • March 29 – 12:15pm – The Amherst Historical Society and Museum: Cowls in Amherst – The Founding Family’s Generational Contributions to Building Community 1741-2019 – Information
  • April 12 – 12:15pm – The Amherst Historical Society & Museum: History of the JCA – Information
  • April 14 – 1-3pm – Nolumbeka Project: Indigenous Voices in the Berkshires – Main Street, Cummington, MA
  • April 15 – May 15 – Harvard Graduate School of Education: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions – Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique – Information and Registration (fees apply)
  • April 26 – 12:15-12:45pm – The Amherst Historical Society & Museum: Virtual Tour of the West Cemetery – Information
  • May 10 – 12:15-12:45pm – The Amherst Historical Society & Museum: 100 Years of Silk in the Valley History Bites Lunchtime Lecture – Information

Summer 2019:

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Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.