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History eNews from Emerging America - April 18, 2024

Published on Thu, 04/18/2024

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 11, Issue 4 for April 18, 2024

In this Issue

  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • April blog preview. 


GBH News: Teaching disability history in schools is 'long overdue,' advocates say

Quick Quiz: How much do you know about disability history?

April Blog Post

A room filled with organized young people in wheelchairs and other chairs all facing the center, a press camera and tall windows in the background.
Demonstrators continued a four-day sit-in at the offices of the Health, Education and Welfare department in San Francisco, April 9, 1977, until civil rights rules for people with disabilities were signed by the president. Jim Palmer/ASSOCIATED PRESS AP One of many points of disability history remembered by today’s advocates.


Courses & Workshops at Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Syllabi available at link above. Questions? Contact or

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

  • Humanizing the History of Genocide in the Classroom - Northampton, MA (in person)
    • July 15 - 8:30am - 3pm - CES, Northampton, Massachusetts. 
    • Workshop is full. There is a waiting list. Register
    • Led by 20+ year genocide education teacher Kate Todhunter. 
    • Gain materials and resources on the Holocaust and Armenian, Khmer Rouge, and Rwandan genocides and legacy of colonialization in the U.S. 
    • Co-sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools. 
    • Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
    • Massachusetts teachers complete summer program and school-year sessions and project for a $525 honorarium and 15 content-area PDPs. 
    • Meets Massachusetts license renewal requirement for 15 hours of PD on teaching English Learners.


Webinars and Conference Sessions from Emerging America 

See complete list of Upcoming Presentations, Past Recordings  and more.


  • Landmark College Institute for Research and Training - Summer Institute for Educators

    • June 25-27, 2024 - Putney, Vermont - Register
    • The program includes a workshop led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America:
      • Disability History and Special Education.
    • The institute was established in 2001 to pioneer LD research, discover innovative strategies and practices, and improve teaching and learning outcomes for students with learning disabilities (like dyslexia), ADHA, and autism, and educators in high school and college settings.




New at the Library of Congress

What’s New?

1860 Electoral College Map - Political Parties Primary Source Set - Library of Congress.

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


You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Exploring Eclipses Through Primary Sources: Earth, Moon & Sun
  • Thomas Jefferson and the 1811 Constitution Day Eclipse
  • A Path to a Wonderful Spring Break: Activities Featuring Primary Sources
  • Primary Sources from the Cutting Room Floor: Extending the Child Labor Primary Source Set
  • Learn How to Bring in the Nature of Science using Historical Primary Sources: Join us at NSTA
  • Topical Guides to the Chronicling America Newspaper Database
  • Women’s History Teaching Ideas for the K-5 Teacher


Disability History Resources & Updates

The new #TeachDisabilityHistory video from Easterseals Massachusetts.



Other Events

Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.


Summer 2024 - All are in-person unless noted


Other Resources


Blog Preview: GBH News: Teaching disability history in schools is 'long overdue,' advocates say

In this article, teachers, community advocates, and resource leaders comment on developments in the growing field. Follow links to legislation from multiple states. 

In the blog, find the introduction to a quick quiz of your knowledge of disability history, and follow the link to take the quiz. GBH based the quiz on landmark work by the #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign of Easterseals Massachusetts.


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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.