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History eNews from Emerging America - July 28, 2021

Published on Wed, 07/28/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 16 for July 28, 2021


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


“Does ‘Free Speech’ mean I can say whatever I want?” – Grade 5 Mystery  

Join us August 11 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm for an Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries. 

Info & Registration [image description: Women and two girls with handheld drums gesture to each other at the Women's March as they walk, many other women in the background and bare trees of a park visible above. The women wear winter jackets, display buttons and Women's March T-shirts and signs, and many wear pink knitted hats.]

“The Women's March was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights” 

- Library of Congress


  • Teaching with Primary Sources Micro-credential Library is open from the National Education Association. Thanks to the Barat Foundation and partners. Info.
  • Inquiry with Primary Sources
  • Multidisciplinary Civics with Primary Sources
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Primary Sources
  • Universal Design for Learning with Primary Sources 
  • The American Lawyers Alliance will recognize Teacher of the Year Kelley Brown and two others in a virtual award ceremony August 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Zoom link
  • Next issue of History eNews is August 11. Submit items to by August 3. 


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 - ONLINE
    • August 11, 4-5:30pm Eastern Time. Info 
    • History’s Mysteries are ready-to-use K-5 curriculum units featuring student investigation of primary sources
    • Each unit includes three or more mysteries, each fully addressing an engaging topic for grades K-5
    • Webinar is an opportunity for teachers to become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask authors Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler questions.

A PREVIEW OF FALL OFFERINGS (Registration will open in mid-August)

  • ONLINE - Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources (1 graduate credit)
  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom - History's Mysteries Institute (3 graduate credits)



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

  • July 29, 7:30pm Eastern Time. - Rich Cairn - Empowering Learners through History and Civics of People with Disabilities. NCHE Critical Conversations seriesInfo.

Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region in 2021.



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

  • Inspiring the E(ngineering) in STEM by Exploring the Construction of Pop-up Books





  • August 3-4 - Equity Summit - National Council for History Education. Info
  • August 3, 10, or 17 - 7:30 Eastern Time each day. Learn to Use the Kidcitizen Editor. Info
  • August 7, 1-3pm Eastern Time - outdoors at Historic Northampton - Pioneer Valley History Network meeting - research update on Black Lives in the Connecticut River Valley. Contact
  • August 18, 4:00-5:30pm Eastern Time - Writing the First Draft Of Justice: The News Media and the Justice System - Discovering Justice and the Moakley Courthouse. Info
  • September 13 - Online course begins - Medieval Africa and Africans - National Humanities Center. Info
  • September 21-22 - Online - Civics Policy Cummit - CivXNow-iCivics. Info
  • December 1-4 - Houston - Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Annual Conference. 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.