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History eNews from Emerging America - June 30, 2021 

Published on Wed, 06/30/2021

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol 8, issue 14, June 30, 2021 


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


We Are The Future - Building Disability Justice

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Online

Info & Registration

July 9 to August 8 - Earn PDPs or Grad Credit in History

Autistic disability rights activist Lydia X. Z. Brown. Amplifier, 2020.


  • Follow the Africatown blog with Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown as they participate in next week’s NEH workshop in Mobile, Alabama about the slave ship Clotilda. 
  • August 3-4 - NCHE Equity Summit. Has an impressive line-up for this virtual event. Info
  • Generation Citizen seeks a New England Program Manager. Link to application information
  • The Library of Congress seeks college or graduate students for stipended Teaching with Primary Sources Internships at the Young Readers Center. Info
  • Apply to present at the National Council for History Education 2022 Conference, March 17-19 in St. Louis. 
  • “G.O.P. Bills Rattle Disabled Voters: ‘We Don’t Have a Voice Anymore’” - June 14 New York Times. 
  • Tactile Images makes grants available to museums to make exhibits accessible to people with visual impairments. 
  • Congratulations to Laurie Risler, recipient of the 2021 Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Social Studies from the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies! Info
  • Next issue of History eNews is July 14. Submit items to by July 11. 


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.  

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources: 
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America with Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities.
    • NEW: Access FREE K-12 Curriculum on History of People with Disabilities.  
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching students with disabilities.
    • July 9 - August 8. One live webinar: July 14. Info & Registration


  • History's Mysteries Summer Institute: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom: 
    • Taught by History’s Mysteries creators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Deepen your practice; gain coaching to carry this engaging approach across the disciplines. 45 hours or 3 grad credits from WSU. 
    • July 12-16, half-day seminars + half-day work time; teach a unit in fall; share out December 4.  Info & Registration.



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

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



Library of Congress Staff-led Teaching with Primary Sources Foundations Webinars 2-3pm Eastern Time - Info:  

  • July 13 – Finding Resources on
  • July 20 – Analyzing Multiple Perspectives
  • July 27 – Information Literacy and Primary Sources


Library of Congress virtual open house for teachers, 15-minute tours of collections, led by experts. 


September 17-26 - National Book Festival. Info

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

  • Expanding Student Understanding of World War I Soldiers’ Experiences with Poetry
  • Join us for the Library of Congress Virtual Open Houses – June 30th and August 4th, 2-3:30 ET
  • Grab the Mic: Jason Reynolds June Newsletter
  • Spreading the Word for a Cause: Exploring Broadsides, Flyers, and Posters from the Library’s Collections
  • The Power of Audience and Purpose: Teaching Complex Topics through Primary Source Portraits
  • Visualizing “Our Common Purpose”



  • July 7, 10am-12pm - Get A Sneak Peek at the 4QM Teaching Book, "From Story To Judgment.” Info
  • July 10, 5pm Virtual - School Letters: Teaching with the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers - Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler.  Info
  • July 10, 9am - 4pm Eastern - Building in the Picturesque: Domestic Architecture in the Age of Industry, 1840-1870 - Historic Deerfield. Info
  • July 12, 6:30-8pm - French Memoir and Memories of the War for American Independence - American Independence Institute. Info
  • August 5, 6:30-8pm - Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth - American Independence Institute. Info
  • August 10, 1-3pm Eastern - Teaching Democracy: Taiwan - virtual workshop - Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS). Info.
  • August 12, 1-3pm Eastern - Ties that Bind: Women’s Empowerment in Early 20th Century Korea - virtual workshop - FCCEAS. Info
  • August 24, 6:30-7:30pm - The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina - American Independence Institute. Info
  • Nov. 4-7 - On Site at Mt Vernon - George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government. 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.