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History eNews from Emerging America - November 7, 2018

Published on Wed, 11/07/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 41 for November 7, 2018


  • Teaching Tolerance - Pittsburgh Shooting Reminds Us Why We Must Talk About Hate
  • Library of Congress - Teaching with Primary Sources Internship - The Young Readers Center (YRC) - January 14 through May 3, 2019 - Gain Experience and Build Knowledge of the LOC - Apply by November 25 - Information
  • Webinar: "Understanding the Standards for History and Social Sciences Practice" November 27, 2018 - 5:00-6:30 PM. Presented by: Kelley Brown, Professional Development Coordinator, and Social Studies Department Chair, Easthampton High School. Register.
  • Webinar: “Media Literacy and Civic Engagement: Promoting Active Learning in the K-12 Classroom and Community.” Dec. 10, 2018 - 5:00-6:30 PM. Presented by: Wendy Rivenburgh, Project Based Learning and Media Literacy Specialist, YouthLearn, Education Development Center. Register.
  • Long term history sub needed in West Boylston - contact Derek Vandegrift.

Applications now open for Emerging America NEH Summer 2019 workshop Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowships award K-12 teachers $1,200 travel and housing stipend. Forge of Innovation will investigate how the newly independent United States rose to become the world’s leading industrial power. Shifting from crafting rifles individually to production with interchangeable parts, the Armory revolutionized manufacturing forever. Springfield manufacturers later applied this capacity to life-changing products, from sewing machines and medical devices, to America’s first automobiles. Participants will explore historic New England landscapes: mills, canals, cultural centers, and homes; study compelling sources: maps, letters, business records, paintings, tools, and machinery; contrast distinct ideas of industrialization, featuring the abolitionist Northampton Association; and explore workers’ lives, from Yankee mechanics to immigrants, African Americans, and women. NEH program page here.

Two men with weapons standing and kneeling in position to fire.

Dutch Gap, Virginia. Picket station of Colored troops near Dutch Gap canal

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Gain content knowledge in World History and Geography. Unpack, examine, and align courses to new History and Social Science standards. Offered twice. Register.

  • FULL - Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 - CES, Northampton.
  • Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 - CES, Northampton.

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum. How will YOU meet the new Massachusetts requirement to offer civic engagement projects? Learn the basics. Generate and test fly a specific action plan. Taught by national service-learning and civic engagement leader, Rich Cairn. Register.

  • Jan. 23 and March 13 - CES, Northampton.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein with Monstrous Primary Sources and Frankenreads!
  • Inspiring Citizen Action with the National Screening Room
  • Readers, Writers, and Gruffalos: Looking Back at the Imagination Library Story Time Series at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress News:

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

  • Wistariahurst Museum and ArteSana - Homespun One Hundred Years of Textile Arts in Holyoke - November 8 - 18 - Check Website for Exhibition Hours - Info
  • Nov. 29 - dates to January 31. Exploring with a Lens on Local History: Historical Artifacts and Innovative Practice. Partnership between the Springfield Armory, Veterans Education Project, and the Western Mass Writing Project. PDPs or grad credit.
  • November 2 to 29 - Forbes Library - Northampton, MA - Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad - Info
  • November 10 - 1-4pm - Nolumbeka Project - Stolen Identities: The Mashpee Wampanoag, Defined Out of Rightful Inheritance Guest Speaker: Hartman Deetz - Info
  • November 13 - 1-2pm - What We Have in Common: How to Talk about Immigrants - Register
  • November 27 - 5-9pm - UMass Campus Center - Mediation Training Contact Leah Wing @

Other Resources:

Emerging America Lesson Plan:


  • Technological Innovation and Change in the Connecticut River Valley in the Antebellum Era

  In this research project, students will analyze and evaluate the development of the technology that shaped the American Industrial Revolution during the Antebellum Era through investigation of examples from the Connecticut River Valley. Instruction and guided research will support students as they expand understanding of industrialization and use textual evidence from primary and secondary sources to create and defend historical arguments.  Students will have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge through the development of written arguments focused on the specific innovations most essential to the process of industrialization during the Antebellum Era. Download lesson PDF. Browse the Emerging America library of lesson plans and primary sources sets. ********************************** 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.