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NEH Announces "Landmarks of American History" Grants

National K-12 Teacher Workshops Offered at 15 U.S. Historic Sites

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 26, 2005) -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that the "Landmarks of American History" teacher workshops will be held this summer at 15 historic and cultural sites across the United States. NEH established the grant program for "Landmarks of American History" as part of the Endowment's We the People initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

These residence-based, week-long workshops will bring up to 1,700 school teachers together with scholars for a week of intensive study on history and literature associated with each historic site.

NEH Chairman Bruce Cole announced the new grants at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., the site of a Landmarks project conducted by the North Carolina Museum of History and the Thomas Day Education Project called "Crafting Freedom: Thomas Day and Elizabeth Keckly, Black Artisans and Entrepreneurs in the Making of America."

"Amazing things happen when you bring teachers and students to historic places," said Cole. "History becomes more than dates to memorize or pictures on a page; it takes on the sights, sounds and images of what really happened. The experiences gained at these workshops will impact teachers for a lifetime, and in return, affect generations of students."

Teachers from across the U.S. will participate in these academically rigorous workshops; teachers selected to participate will receive a stipend of $500 each to help defray their transportation, books, and living expenses.

Public, private, parochial, and home-school elementary and secondary educators may apply by March 15, 2005, to one or two of the following workshops:

Teachers who wish to apply for the 2005 NEH "Landmarks of American History" teacher workshops can find detailed application information on NEH's website. Applications materials are submitted directly to the project directors of the workshop(s).

  • "Wiping Away the Tears: Renewing Cherokee Culture and American History through the Cherokee Heritage Center and The Trail of Tears"
    July 18-22 and July 25-29, 2005
    Locations: The Cherokee Heritage Center and Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla.
    Sponsor: Association for Core Texts and Courses, Moraga, Calif.
  • "Shaping The Constitution: A View From Mount Vernon, 1783-1789"
    July 11-15; July 25-29; and August 7-11, 2005
    Location: Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Va.
    Sponsor: The Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, Va.
  • "Stony The Road We Trod: Using Alabama's Civil Rights Landmarks To Teach American History"
    June 19-25; June 26-July 2; July 10-16; and July 17-23, 2005
    Locations: Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee, Ala.
    Sponsor: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Ala.
  • "The Last Great American Canal: How The Illinois and Michigan Canal United 19th-Century America"
    June 27-July 1; July 12-16; and July 25-29, 2005
    Locations: The I&M Canal and Gaylord Building at Lockport, Ill., and various locations along the canal
    Sponsor: Canal Corridor Association - Gaylord Building Historic Site, Lockport, Ill.
  • "Clashing Identities: Arrow Rock, Missouri, Where West Met South, 1820-1860"
    July 18-22 and July 25-29, 2005
    Location: Arrow Rock, Mo.
    Sponsor: Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo.
  • "A Vast and Many Voiced Creation: Congress and the Capitol"
    August 1-5 and August 8-12, 2005
    Locations: The U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsor: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
  • "Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine"
    June 27-July 2; July 4-9; July 18-23; and July 25-30, 2005
    Location: Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla.
    Sponsor: Florida Humanities Council, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • "The Rouge Plant, Henry Ford, and Manufacturing History: 1917-2004"
    June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, 2005
    Locations: The Michigan Technical Education Center and the Ford Rouge Factory, Dearborn, Mich.
    Sponsor: Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Mich.
  • "America's Industrial Revolution"
    June 29-24 and July 31-August 5, 2005
    Locations: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
    Sponsor: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
  • "James Madison and Constitutional Citizenship"
    June 18-25 and June 26-July 3, 2005
    Locations: James Madison's Montpelier and Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Va.
    Sponsor: Montpelier Foundation, Montpelier Station, Va.
  • "Crafting Freedom: Thomas Day and Elizabeth Keckly, Black Artisans and Entrepreneurs in the Making of America"
    June 16-21; June 23-28; and July 7-12, 2005
    Locations: The North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh; Stagville Plantation, Durham; the Union Tavern, Milton; the Burwell School, Hillsborough; and other sites
    Sponsor: The North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, N.C.
  • "The Lincoln Home, Society, and Politics in Antebellum American, 1840-1861"
    July 11-15 and July 18-22, 2005
    Location: Abraham Lincoln's Home, Springfield, Ill.
    Sponsor: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • "Becoming American: Trade, Culture, and Reform in Salem, Massachusetts, 1801-1861"
    July 10-15; July 17-22; and July 24-29, 2005
    Locations: Salem State College, Peabody Essex Museum, House of Seven Gables, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and Salem Historic Homes and Buildings
    Sponsor: Salem State College, Salem, Mass.
  • "Life, Liberty and Opportunity: The Struggle for Freedom in Tidewater, Maryland, 1634-1865"
    June 19-24 and June 26-July 1, 2005
    Locations: Historic St. Mary's City, The Sotterley Plantation, and Point Lookout State Park and POW Site in St. Mary's County, Md.
    Sponsor: St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Md.
  • "Hull-House in the Progressive Era: People, Places, and Ideas"
    July 10-16 and July 17-23, 2005
    Location: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, Ill.
    Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago

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