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History eNews from Emerging America - September 27, 2017

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Published on Fri, 09/29/2017

Emerging America History eNEWS Vol. 4, Issue 34 for September 27, 2017


  • “Local educators join national effort to teach critical news literacy skills.” Editorial from Hampshire Gazette. Sept. 20, 2017.
  • American Alliance of Museums update on federal humanities funding status. House and White House budgets. Info on speaking up for humanities.
  • REGISTER NOW! Oct. 20 - Marlborough - MCSS Fall Conference.
  • See many new resources from the Library of Congress (below).
  • Marlborough High School looking for a long-term history sub with SEI experience. Apply on SchoolSpring.
  • Central Mass Social Science Directors meetings: Oct. 4, Dec. 6, Feb. 8, & April 12. 11:30am - 1:30pm. Shrewsbury HS. Contact Jenn DiFrancesca. <>


Dummy Hoy, Washington Statesmen, baseball card portrait. [1887-1890]. See the primary source set on this deaf professional baseball player from Maryland Humanities.


Almost full!  

  • October 19 & Nov. 16 - Hudson High School - “Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources” - 22.5 PDPs or 1 grad credit in History. REGISTER.

“Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Link to renewal regulations. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available.


  • NEW! Labs online at the Library of Congress. Experiments, apps, & much more. First up:
    • “Beyond Words” Crowd source descriptions for illustrations in newspapers from Chronicling America. Will make the illustrations accessible to visually impaired and searchable for all. A great student project!
  • Echoes of the Great War - From the online exhibition.- 17-minute video of several scholars discussing the impact of WWI.
  • TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Create a password and profile, then explore resources, discuss issues, and enjoy!

Featured this week:

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Hispanic Heritage Month - primary sources and ideas.
  • Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points: From Shorthand Notes to a Nobel Prize.
  • Interview with Cheryl Regan, Senior Exhibition Director, Library of Congress. (Most recently led creation of WWI exhibition.)
  • Rick Riordan - best-selling fantasy (ancient history!) author.

Library of Congress Blog - “An App to Answer Your Questions about the Constitution” - post from legal reference librarian in the Library of Congress Law Library.

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


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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.