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History eNews from Emerging America - April 4, 2018

Published on Thu, 04/05/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 14 for April 4, 2018


  • 2018 JFK Profile in Courage Award Honoree - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu - Info and Congratulations
  • American Antiquarian Society survey - information will be shared by email - 24 respondents receive prize - Info

Photo portrait of Dorothea Dix: seated, dark hair parted in the center, framed in oval matt

Dorothea Dix, circa 1840

Reforming America with Dix and Mann New Accessible Lesson at! See bog post below. Dorothea Lynde Dix: Portrait, head and shoulders, facing left. Image available at:

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Register now for Spring 2018.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact ACCESSING INQUIRY FOR ALL LEARNERS: Hands-on workshop to learn and practical skills for teaching diverse learners.

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources:
    • April 24 & May 15 - 8am - 4pm - Northampton ($72.50) Registration.
  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources:
    • April 26 & May 8 - 8am - 3pm - Danbury, CT ($89) Registration. (Click “Register for Courses”.)

“Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Who was Harriet Tubman? - for further resources on Abolitionism see Radical Equality
  • A Suffrage Discussion Comes Home: Letters between Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel Hubbard

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS - Across Massachusetts and the U.S

  • April 5 - May 25  Wistariahurst - Museo Casa Cautino-Insua (Self Guided Tours Sunday-Wednesday 12-4pm, Guided Tours Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and by appointment) - Info
  • April 6 - Historic Northampton - 5:30-6:30pm Reception/ 6:30-7:30pm Event - A Conversation & Songs with Local Music Legend Jim Armenti - Info
  • April 8 - 9:30am-12:30pm - David Ruggles Center 10th Anniversary - Florence, MA
  • American Antiquarian Society - Public Lecture Series - Info
    • April 10 - 7pm - “The Men Who Lost America”
    • April 24 - 7pm - “The Medical Imagination in the Early United States”
    • May 1 - 7pm - “Antiquarian America: Isaiah Thomas and the Ends of History”
    • May 15 - 7pm - “‘Slices of the Time Past’: Choral Music from Eighteenth-Century America” A music performance by American Harmony
    • May 31 - 7pm - “Holding These Truths: A Panel Discussion about the Declaration of Independence”
  • April 19 - 10am-12pm - Massachusetts Service Alliance & Volunteerism Day - Register
  • April 26 - 7pm - Historic Northampton - Film Screening of A Place for Madness by Frontline
  • April 28 - 1:30-3:30pm - Historic Deerfield - Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip's War - Info
  • May 1 - 9:30-11am - Greenfield American Bar Association Law Day - Info (need correct link - takes me to google mail!)
  • May 3 - 9-11am - Northampton American Bar Association Law Day - Info  (need correct link - takes me to google mail!)

Other Resources:

Summer 2018:

  • June 22-23 - Historic Deerfield - Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks - Info and Registration
  • July 14 - 9am-4pm - Historic Deerfield - Out of the Ordinary: Variations on New England Building Practices - Info
  • July 23-25 - Musical Legacy of Appalachia - Mars Hill University - Outside beautiful Asheville, North Carolina - Free with dorm lodging for $25/night - Info and Registration

New Accessible Lesson Plan: Reforming America with Dix and Mann The instrumental role Dorothea Dix played in reforming prisons and mental institutions, and the actions of Horace Mann in his campaign for free public education are at the center of this lesson. By focusing attention on the strategies used by these social reformers, this lesson engages students in critical thinking about the methods of reformers as well as their goals. Teaching resources include a RAN chart eliciting “what we think we know” and the students’ observations of evidence that confirms or refutes those ideas about people, strategies, and places. Information sources include videos, a map, photographs, vivid written testimony to legislators, drawings, and period journalism. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published most Wednesdays; deadline Monday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


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.