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History eNews from Emerging America - April 13, 2022

Published on Wed, 04/13/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 4 for April 13, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Emerging America Blog post preview: Immigrant History, Poetry, and Connection. Link to the full blog post


Immigrant History, Poetry, and Connection

Blog Post (preview below) 

Join us for the July course “Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students.”

A group of smiling young women in long pastel dresses, white aprons, and kerchiefs on their heads pose outdoors with a black masked and costumed figure at their feet, and an older woman in jeans and casual shirt beside them. In the background is a house and parked cars.

Puerto Rican Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo by Mario Montaño. (1987). Library of Congress. (See blog post.) 


  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will again fund Civics Teaching and Learning Grants to school districts up to $60,000. Apply by May 5. (Emerging America eligible events include: Accessing Inquiry, Inclusive Civic Engagement, and K-5 History’s Mysteries.) Info on civics grants
  • Mass DESE seeks schools for a 2022-23 pilot of its grades 5-7 curriculum, Investigating History. Apply by May 5. Info on grades 5-7 curriculum pilot
  • C.A. Lynch Summer Teacher Fellowship: Teaching Boston Community History - Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library - Create curricula - $1,000 stipends. Apply for fellowship by May 2
  • Teaching Models of Disciplinary Argumentation in Middle School Social Studies: A Framework for Supporting Writing Development - University of Michigan TPS program and Dr. Chandra Alston from North Carolina State University - Journal of Writing Research. Access the Writing Research article
  • Youth are invited to the Youthcan Climate Summit in Boston - May 21, 9am - 3pm Eastern - Email for info. 
  • Longtime Emerging America partner, Springfield Armory National Historic Site is hiring a ranger for its education teamInfo from National Parks
  • Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary Classroom - asynchronous digital modules - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Collaborative for Educational Services, Mars Hill University, TPS Midwest Region. Info on TPS in Elementary Classrooms
  • Supporting Immigrant Families - Learning for Justice
  • History Unfolded crowd-source project - U.S. Holocaust Memorial MuseumInfo on History Unfolded
  • Mass DESE just published an FAQ on the 2021 Genocide Education legislation



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.  

  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 


  • NEW - Teaching Disability History: How the Civil War Changed Disability and American Government
    • The morning workshop on the Civil War veterans unit: How the Civil War Transformed Disability. 
    • Afternoon will showcase the entire K-12 Disability History curriculum and feature a lesson-writing workshop
    • Evening webinar with disability historian Graham Warder. 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • June 30, 9am-12pm; 12:30-3pm; 7-8pm - Eastern Time. Online. 
    • Register for Teaching Disability History.


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • July 8 to July 29. Online. With three live webinars: July 12, 19 & 26
    • Register for Immigration Issues


  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic. 
    • Summer: July 24-29 (5-day intensive). Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute



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



  • Recording available of presentation from March 11, 3:45-4:30 - New Inclusive Strategies and Tools for Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities - part of Mass Civics Learning Week 2022. Access Civic Engagement webinar recording



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

  • Poetry Is Everywhere at the Library of Congress!
  • Poetry Broadsides: A Creative Way to Bring Poetry to the Public
  • Red Cross Posters and Tableaux Vivants
  • Thomas Edison’s Favorite Invention: The Phonograph
  • Understanding Huge Numbers: If All the Seas Were One Sea…
  • Fostering Close Observations: Exploring Bat Anatomy through Scientific Illustrations
  • Mathematics and Misinformation
  • Jules Verne and His Geographical Novels
  • Women’s History Month: Occupations and Contributions
  • Apply Now! Summer 2022 Professional Development at the Library of Congress





  • April 14, 7:30pm - Rural Technologies: Rural Electrification and Land Use in the 1930s - National Council for History Education (NCHE). Info on rural tech webinar
  • April 14, 3:30-5pm - Learning Together about Firsting and Lasting: Exploring Indigenous History - Facing History and Ourselves. Info on Indigenous History webinar
  • April 20, 6pm - On site and online - 54th Unmarked Dead in Olustee, Florida - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on 54th graves
  • April 21, 7-8pm - Using Primary Sources to Engage Students in Civic Inquiry - National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Info on Civic Inquiry webinar
  • April 22-24 - On site: Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI - History on Wheels: Technology & Innovation In America's Auto Industry - stipends - National Council of History Education (NCHE). Info on Ford seminar
  • April 24, 10am-noon - in-person - Walking tour - Florence, Massachusetts - Black Lives in the Connecticut River Valley - David Ruggles Center. Info on Ruggles Center
  • April 25, 6pm - On site and online - Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet: The Favorite Founder’s Divisive Death, Enduring Afterlife, & Blueprint for American Prosperity - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on Franklin talk
  • April 26, 4pm: Reframing History, Planning the 250th - Mass Humanities. Info on 250th planning
  • April 27, 4-6pm - Confronting Apartheid: Teaching about the Struggle for Freedom - Facing History and Boston University. Info on Apartheid curriculum and workshop
  • April 28, 6pm - Confronting Economic Injustice: The Story of Parcel C, in Boston’s Chinatown - Michael Liu, David Moy, Lydia Lowe and Carolyn Chou. Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on Chinatown panel
  • April 29-30 - Day 1 Virtual - Day 2 UC Irvine - A Spotlight On Teaching Asian American Studies Across the Curriculum - California History and Social Science Project. Info on Teaching for Justice conference
  • May 12, 6am-12:30pm Eastern Time - The Social Studies Collective: Teaching for Equity with Primary Sources - online project-based learning workshop - EdCurious. Info on Teaching Equity workshop
  • May 12-14 - On site: Museum of History and Innovation, Seattle - Indigenous Innovations - stipends - NCHE. Info on Indigenous Innovations seminar
  • May 21, 7-8pm - Primary Sources and Digital Media Literacy - NCSS. Info on Digital Media webinar
  • June 24-25 - hybrid: virtual and in-person Deerfield, Massachusetts - Tools and Toolmaking in New England - Dublin Seminar - Historic Deerfield. Info on Dublin Seminar
  • June 27-July 1 and July 25-29 - on-site Summer Institutes on Primary Sources and Project Based Learning - Maryland Humanities. Info on Maryland institutes
  • June 29, 7-8pm - From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices - Facing History and Ourselves. Info on Thriving webinar
  • July 7-8 - in-person Atlanta - TPS Professional Learning Conference: Engaging the Long Arc of the Civil Rights Movement - Info on the Civil Rights conference
  • July 11-15 & 18-22, 8:30am-12:30pm - in-person Boston - America's Silenced Histories - JFK Library. Info on Silenced Histories
  • July 19-21 - on site - Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL - NCHE. Info on Space Center seminar
  • July 31 to August 5 - Georgetown University, Washington - Project Citizen Research Program. Info on Project Citizen Research Program
  • August 1-5 - Southbridge, Massachusetts - Civics+Data - Learn to use data to strengthen civics projects - Mass DESE. Info on Civics+Data workshop
  • October 24 - in-person - Cape Cod - Mass Council for the Social Studies conference - Mark your calendars. 
  • November 10-13 - in-person Los Angeles - National Humanities Conference. Apply to present at Humanities Conf
  • March 23-25, 2023 - in-person Salt Lake City - National Council for History Education conference. Mark your calendar. 





Blog Post: Immigrant History, Poetry and Connection

By Alison Noyes

In this blog post, we offer a variety of teaching resources, and invite you to join us for the July course, “Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students.”


President Roosevelt, touring Ellis Island

in 1906, watched the people from steerage

line up for their six-second physical….  


I imagine

my grandmother, a girl in that Great Hall’s

polyglot, reverberating vault

more terrible than church, dazed by the stars

and stripes in the vast banner up in front….

                                     The Buttonhook, by Mary Jo Salter, in


Read the full blog post. 

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Rich Cairn

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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.