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History eNews from Emerging America - September 27, 2017

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

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.