English Dutch French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish


History eNews from Emerging America - June 8, 2022

Published on Wed, 06/08/2022

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

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 6 for June 8, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: Whose stories? Consider Immigrant History. Link to full blog post. 


Whose stories would your students like to learn about in your curriculum? 

Give them an anonymous survey to find out! The potential of immigrant history to engage students will be a focus this summer as we bring together educators to explore the topic. 

Register for Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students 

July 8-29 online course for grad credit or continuing education units.

“Ojo Sarco, New Mexico. One-room school in an isolated mountainous Spanish-American community, which has eight grades and two teachers. Most of the teaching is in Spanish…” Photographer John Collier, Jr., 1943. 



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.  

  • Teaching Disability History: How the Civil War Changed Disability and American Government
    • The morning workshop on the Civil War veterans unit: How the Civil War Transformed Disability. 
    • Afternoon will showcase the entire K-12 Disability History curriculum and feature a lesson-writing workshop
    • Evening webinar with disability historian Graham Warder. 
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • June 30, 9am-12pm; 12:30-3pm; 7-8pm - Eastern Time. Online. 
    • Register for Teaching Disability History.


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • July 8 to July 29. Online. With three live webinars: July 12, 19 & 26
    • Register for Immigration Issues


  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic. 
    • Summer: July 24-29 (5-day intensive). Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute



See list of accessible recordings of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.

Upcoming Session: 

  • Race, Disability, and the Movement for Disability Rights: Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources 




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

  • Exploring the Color of Coral Using a Primary Source
  • Understanding History using a Photographer’s Body of Work (Gordon Parks) 
  • It’s Time for History, Math, and Art!
  • Using Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) with Primary Source Analysis
  • The Trolley Transforms Transit: A Moment in the History of Transportation
  • Learn about Parallel Primary Sources for Enhancing STEM Experiences on May 12th
  • Finding Legislative Information on Topics of Interest Using the Library of Congress
  • Reading is for Everyone





All times in Eastern Time Zone - “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.

  • June 14 - 6pm - Eastern - Hybrid event - The Imposter’s War: The Press, Propaganda, and the Newsman Who Battled for the Minds of America - Mass Historical Society. Info on talk re newsman
  • June 23, 7pm - Using Historical Fiction to Teach US History, with author Lauie Halse Anderson - WGBH Education and the National Council for the Social Studies. Info on webinar on using historical fiction
  • June 24-25 - Hybrid Event - Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts - Dublin Seminar: Tools and Toolmaking in New England. Info on the 2022 Dublin Seminar
  • June 27-29 - online - Belfer National Conference for Educators - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Info on the Holocaust conference
  • June 29, 7-8pm Eastern Time - webinar - From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices - Facing History and Ourselves. Info on Emotional Intelligence webinar
  • July 11-13 - 9am - 3pm Eastern - in Boston and Lowell - Teaching Environmental Justice and Activism in Massachusetts and Beyond - Leventhal Map Education Center and Tsongas Industrial History Center. Info on Environmental Workshop.
  • Summer Events of the American Revolution Institute
  • July 12-14, 10am - 12:15pm Pacific Time - Online - Civic Online Reasoning: Sorting Fact from Fiction on the Internet - Stanford History Education Group - fee. Info on SHEG Civic Online Reasoning workshop
  • July 19-21 - Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida - NASA and the Space Race - National Council for History Education. Info on Space Race workshop
  • August 2, 9, & 16 - 7:30pm Eastern Time - webinars - Learn to Use the KidCitizen activity editor. Info on KidCitizen editing
  • August 9-12 - Boston Athenaeum - Primary Sources in the Classroom: Active Citizenship. Info on the Athenaeum workshop
  • October 23-24 - in-person, Hyannis - Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference - watch for details. 
  • December 2-4 - in-person, Philadelphia - National Council for the Social Studies annual conference. Info on Philadelphia conference





Blog Post by Alison Noyes: Whose stories? Consider immigrant history

Whose stories would your students like to learn about in your curriculum? Give them this anonymous survey to find out!

Topics that students care about can be one of the most powerful incentives to engage in class, and even, when it is in the balance, to come to school. As we bring the year to a close, finding ways to look ahead with excitement is part of the prescription for all of us.

Read the full blog post. History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

Published monthly on Wednesdays; deadline previous Wednesday 9am. Archived at

Register for CES events.

Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at:

Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  

Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.


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.