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History eNews from Emerging America - February 19, 2015

Published on Thu, 02/19/2015


My office phone number changed to: (413) 588-5936. See new National Core Arts standards.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ CES

Excellent FREE PD – Deadlines Approach! Take a break from the brutal winter for top quality FREE professional development.
  • First to Fight – Ideologically motivated American Volunteers fight for a foreign nation: Not Syria today, but Republican Spain (1936-1939) – Rare offering by top scholars on a vital and relevant topic.
    • March 14 - Newton South High School - First to Fight: American Volunteers Against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War - Examine brilliant, powerful posters. Study archival photos. Parse letters from American volunteers on the front lines. Peter Carroll, Stanford University, & Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College. Register by Feb. 28. Limited space!
  • NEW: History in Motion: Developing Primary Source Sets of Images, Sound Files, Maps, Oral Histories, and Film. Suffolk University’s Bob Allison will focus on key moments in Boston’s role in American history. Access multi-media primary sources on major topics.
    • Mon. March 16; Sat. May 2; & 1 2-hr follow-up TBD. Complete project and earn $400 stipend. Also earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 grad credit from Framingham State University. Preference to Boston teachers. Register. Only 16 slots.
  • WORKSHOP FULL! - March 21 & 28 - Landscape of Revolution - Boston Public Library & CES
  • March 2 Deadline for Summer 2015 NEH Landmarks Workshops: Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. $1,200 stipend. 3 grad credits. Register.


Library of Congress Summer 2015 Teacher Institutes (in Washington DC)
  • Open Institutes Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across the content areas. Institute Session 1: June 22-26; Session 2: July 6-10; Session 3: July 27-31
  • Civil Rights Institute Open to K-12 teachers and school librarians with teaching responsibilities related to the Institute focus. Civil Rights Institute: August 3-7
  • Science Institute Recommended for K-12 educators who teach science or collaborate with science teachers. Science Institute: July 20-24
  • Online modules on using primary sources. New web page.
  • Teaching Selma: Civil Rights and Primary Sources: Teacher Blog.
  • Feb. 23, 7:30pm - WGBY Broadcast - “DuBois in Our Time” DuBois papers at UMass Amherst.


  • Stipended & FREE Summer Programs - Applications due March 2.
  • Spring Lecture Series on Textiles and Fashion in Early America - Feb. 22 & March 22. - Historic Deerfield. Info.
  • Spring History Education Lecture Series - Westfield State University. $25/session.
  • 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing National Memorial & Museum. Online lessons and resources. Info.
  • History of the Hampshire & Hampden Canal. March 7, 2:00pm. Historic Northampton. Info.
  • Women Ordnance Workers: From the Factory to the Frontlines. Springfield Armory National Historic Site. March 7, 2:00pm. Info.
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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.