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History eNews from Emerging America - May 2, 2018

Published on Wed, 05/02/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 18 for May 2, 2018

DESE statewide Civics Education Institute for 250 educators July 24-26 in Marlborough.

Focus is on creating or strengthening 8th grade civics courses.

Register by school district.


  • Massachusetts Civics legislation - follow current status and action. Bill passed Senate; still in committee in House.
  • Helen Keller PBS biography trailer. Everyone knows her name, the legend, the jokes. Her story is bigger.

Who Should Care for America’s Veterans? New Accessible Lesson at! See info below.

Black and white photo of a lawn where White House dignitaries, including military in "dress whites," and others (possibly President Woodrow Wilson), greeting men in wheelchairs and Red Cross nurses. A black man with a leg elevated in a wooden wheelchair, flanked by a senior officer with decorative braid on his uniform and another man in a dark cap and plain white uniform shakes hands with a white civilian official (President Wilson?). In the foreground, a woman in white with a sash reading "MICHIGAN" walks past a military officer, while behind more nurses and wheelchairs can be seen.

Wounded veterans and Red Cross nurses in receiving line on White House lawn (between 1919-1929)[/caption] Red Cross, wounded veterans at White House, Washington, D.C. Image available at:

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Register now for June 2018.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact ACCESSING INQUIRY FOR ALL LEARNERS: Hands-on workshop to learn and practical skills for teaching diverse learners. “Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available. Mark your calendars:

  • NEW! June 26-27 - North Adams ($72.50) Free to teachers of North Adams Public Schools. Register
  • NEW! June 28-29 - Springfield ($72.50) Free to teachers of Springfield Public Schools. Register


  • NEW! July 5 - August 5 - Fully online. The American War in Vietnam - Kelley Brown and Chris Appy. $35. Register.
  • NEW! July 18-20 - CES, Northampton - Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social Studies. $250. Register.
  • NEW! July 30-31 - Boston Public Library - Immigration and Maps (Registration opens soon!)


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Harnessing Summer Excitement: Using a Medieval Travel Book to Spark Critical Thinking
  • Mark Twain: Exploring His Life and Work with Primary Sources

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS - Across Massachusetts and the U.S

  • May 5 - 2pm - Springfield Armory - Actor portrayal of Sam Colt.
  • May 19 - Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum - Hadley, MA - Historic Museum Opens - Saturday through Wednesday 1-4:30pm - Museum Website

Summer 2018:

  • July 18 and 19 - 9am-3pm - Brookline, MA - Teaching and Learning with the "Four Question Method," an inquiry method for history teachers and students. Info and registration:
  • July 28 - Holyoke Community College - History Camp - Info

New Accessible Lesson Plan: Who Should Care for America’s Veterans? Care for veterans is relevant to understanding war and the role of government, and is critical to disability history. In this lesson, students gather information through a variety of primary sources on the experiences of veterans from the War of Independence through today. They ask, ‘How has U.S. government care for veterans changed over time?’ Using their evidence, students develop a proposal to today’s Veterans Administration that outlines how veterans should be cared for. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published Wednesdays; deadline Sunday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


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.