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History eNews from Emerging America – March 20, 2019

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Published on Wed, 03/20/2019


  • Tuesday, April 9 – 3:30-5:00pm. Rescheduled final Social Studies Leaders of Western Mass PLC. Haymarket Cafe, Northampton. Discuss implementation of 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework. Contact:
  • Library of Congress seeks applicants for Civics Teacher-in-Residence Position – Information and Application
  • March 21 – 7pm. Amy Goodman, host of daily news program, Democracy Now, Greene Hall, Smith College.
  • Launching in July 2019: Democracy Lab: 8th Grade Civics for the 21st Century – partnered with Primary Source and Generation Citizen – Information
  • iCivics released a new game “Race to Ratify” – Watch the Trailer
  • Save the Date for Massachusetts DOE Civics and Social Science Events –
    • June 11 – 2019 Civics Literacy Conference
    • July 13 or July 14 – 2019 History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute

Learning to write again:

Students may relate to Civil War entrants in Left-Handed Penmanship Contests (See below.)

Register for Teaching grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social Studies

Left-handed penmanship specimen submitted by Alfred D. Whitehouse

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



SPRING SESSION FULL – ONLINE – Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles. Grad credit available. Register.

  • March 27 to May 7

America Transformed: Teaching Westward Expansion Using Primary Sources. Instructors Michelle LeBlanc, Rich Cairn, and historian Heather Cox RIchardson

  • April 3 & April 10, 2019, 9am-3pm – Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map Center. Register with Leventhal.

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • April 23 and May 21 – Northampton.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Call for Applications: Civics Teacher-in-Residence Position
  • Expanding Student Understanding of Slavery in America by Exploring an Arabic Muslim Slave Narrative
  • Icebox: Exploring States of Matter Using Historic Photographs

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

  • March 23 – 2pm – Pioneer Valley History Network: Lost Springfield presentation by local author and historia, Derek Strahan – Limited seating, Springfield Armory Museum
  • March 24 – 2pm – Historic Deerfield: “Through an Indian’s Looking Glass: William Apess, Pequot” – Information
  • March 29 – 6-7pm – National Council on Public History: Considering Coltsville: A Revolving Story – Information
  • April 2 – Pioneer Valley History Network: Noteworthy Women of West Springfield 1635-1935 – West Springfield Public Library
  • April 27 – 9am – 4:30pm – Historic Deerfield: Federal Cabinetmaking – Kneeland and Adams of Hartford – Information and Registration
  • May 2-4 – Unveiling New Addition to Antiquarian Hall – Information
    • May 2 – 7pm – A Conversation with Jill Lepore on History and the Public
    • May 4 – 10am-3pm – Community Open House

Summer 2019:

  • June 25-28 – The Flow of History: History, Race, and Inclusive Education (Residential Institute) Grafton, VT – (Fee) – Information and Application
  • July 9-12 – The Flow of History: Reading and Writing About History with Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (Residential Institute)  Norwich, VT – (Fee) – Information and Application
  • July 21-26 – The American Antiquarian Society CHAViC Summer Seminar: “The Political is Visual”(Fee) – Information and Application

Other Resources:

Featured Lesson from Library of Congress Blog

Black Civil War Soldiers featured in lesson plan: Left Handed Penmanship Contest for Wounded Civil War Soldiers is a trove of personal stories of soldiers

Left handedness was not encouraged in most classrooms of the nineteenth century, but in the aftermath of the US Civil War, thousands of wounded veterans were suddenly without the use of their right hands. In 1865, to encourage the newly left-handed men, the editor of the Union veteran’s newspaper The Soldier’s Friend invited submissions for a left-handed penmanship contest to be entered by submitting a letter. Retired social studies teacher Paul LaRue has developed a lesson using letters written by two of the 200,000 black soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War. His lesson teams up students to decipher the cursive penmanship and learn about how these soldiers describe their experiences. Read the details in the February 2019 post in the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog.

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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.