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HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 1, Issue 16 for DECEMBER 22, 2014

Published on Tue, 12/23/2014


Strengthening Civic Learning in the Commonwealth - 01/22/15 - Millbury Memorial Jr/Sr High School; 4-7 pm. Working group invites participation from teachers, administrators, policy makers… with concerns and recommendations on preparing next generation for civic engagement. 3 minutes to present. Bring written copy of testimony. Register by 01/15/15.


Mark your calendars and watch this space for details!

  • March 14 - First to Fight: American Volunteers Against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) - Propaganda posters and letters from the Library of Congress and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Site: Boston area TBA.
  • March 21 & 28 (2-day workshop; 03/21 - 9:00am-3:00pm & 03/28 - 9:00am-1:00pm) - Landscape of Revolution - Boston Public Library Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  • June 29 to July 2 (with half-day follow-up in October) - America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940) - Library of Congress TPS Program at CES


  •  NOT TO BE MISSED! Library of Congress and Teaching Tolerance. Free Webinars on The Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1964. Info & register. All 4:00pm EST.
    • January 22 – Civil Rights and Analyzing Images
    • February 19 – Building Literacy Skills and Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement with Primary Sources
    • March 19 – Identifying Bias & Perspective when Teaching about CRA of 1964
    • April 16 – Selecting Primary Sources to Examine the CRA of 1964
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  • We’re History: Online history magazine. Stories on all aspects of American History. Scholarly yet engaging–even fun!
  • Engaging Young People with History: An Evening with Young Adult and Middle Grade Novelists. Wednesday, January 7, 2015. 7:00pm. Forbes Library, Northampton. Jeannine Atkins, Becoming Little Women; Burleigh Muten, Miss Emily; Ellen Wittlinger, This Means War!; Jane Yolen, Centaur Rising.
  • U.S. Department of Education 2015-2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship applications due January 20, 2015. Applicant Information page. Questions
  • Best Picture Books of 2014 includes My Uncle’s Coat on early 20th Century Immigration.
  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage created a fascinating multi-media presentation on a high tech machine tool ("tap & die") company in Greenfield Massachusetts. (Online exhibit focused on 1897.)
  • New Book: Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitonists. By Bruce Laurie. 184 pp., 10 illus. University of Massachusetts Press January 2015. ISBN: 978-1-62534-118-1. $22.95

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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.