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Historic Landmarks Workshops Help Bring History to Life for Teachers and Community College Faculty

NEH Grant Supports "Landmarks of American History and Culture" Summer Programs

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2007)– Educators from across the United States will travel to historic landmarks next summer for intensive, week-long workshops to deepen their knowledge-and their students' knowledge-of the nation's history in places where it was made. With support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 24 "Landmarks of American History and Culture" workshops will be held in the summer of 2007.

Among the 24 Landmarks workshops, 19 have been developed for K-12 teachers and an additional five have been designed for community college faculty. Led by some of the nation's most prominent scholars, the Landmarks workshops offer thoughtful investigations of crucial periods and events in American history and challenge educators to make connections between what they learn and what they teach. By broadening the experience and knowledge of our nation's teachers, the Landmarks workshops seek ultimately to deepen students' understanding of American history and the Americans who lived and made that history.

"Amazing things happen when you bring America's teachers to historic places to work with our nation's finest scholars. When these teachers return to the classroom, history becomes so much more to their students than dates to memorize or pictures on a page; it takes on the sights, sounds, and images of what really happened," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole.

"Landmarks of American History and Culture" summer workshops are a part of the Endowment's We the People program established by NEH to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. In announcing the program in 2002, President Bush said, "To be an American is not just a matter of blood or birth; we are bound by ideals, and our children must know those ideals."

Last year, the residence-based Landmarks workshops brought 2,000 educators to study and learn at the historic sites. Teachers and community college faculty selected to participate in these academically rigorous workshops will receive funding to help cover books and living and travel expenses. Community college faculty and public, private, parochial, and home-schooling elementary and secondary educators may apply by March 15, 2007. For detailed application information, please visit the NEH Web site at http://www.neh.gov/projects/index.html. Applications are submitted directly to the project directors of the workshops.

The following Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for K-12 teachers will be held in the summer of 2007:

  • Beyond Amistad: The African American Struggle for Citizenship, 1770-1850
    Architecture Resource Center, Inc., New Haven, Conn.
    Workshop Locations: Yale University at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; Browne Plantation; Noah Webster House Museum; Old State House in Hartford; Prudence Crandall House; Jail House Hill; Old Norwichtown Burying Ground; New Haven Green; New Haven Colony Historical Society; and Freedom Schooner Amistad
  • Shaping the Constitution: A View From Mount Vernon, 1783-1789
    The Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, Va.
    Workshop Location: Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Stony the Road We Trod: Alabama's Role in the Modern Civil Rights Movement
    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Ala.
    Workshop Locations: Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee, Alabama
  • The U.S. Constitution and the Art and Architecture of the Capitol
    Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
    University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.
    Workshop Locations: The U.S. Capitol and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • Partisans and Redcoats: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry
    Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.
    Workshop Locations: Revolutionary War battlefields in South Carolina: Historic Brattonsville, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Ninety Six National Historic Site
  • Landmarks of the Underground Railroad: From Christiana to Harpers Ferry
    Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
    Workshop Locations: South-Central Pennsylvania and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, Memorial
    East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Workshop Locations: East-West Center and U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
  • Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine
    Florida Humanities Council, St. Petersburg, Fla.
    Workshop Location: Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
  • FDR and the World Crisis, 1933-1945: Roosevelt and Hyde Park
    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, N.Y.
    Workshop Locations: The FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Springwood and Top Cottage, Hyde Park; and Marist College, Poughkeepsie
  • The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History
    Georgia State University Research Foundation, Atlanta
    Workshop Locations: Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Atlanta University Center Historic District, the Auburn Avenue Landmark District, the Fox Theater, Piedmont Park--Site of the 1895 Cotton States Exposition, the Georgia State Capitol
  • America's Industrial Revolution
    The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
    Workshop Location: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Mark Twain and the "Impolite Nation:" Using Twain's Work to Teach about Race in America
    The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Conn.
    Workshop Location: The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Connecticut
  • A Revolution in Government: Philadelphia, American Independence, and the Constitution, 1765-1791
    National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
    Workshop Locations: National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Declaration House, Franklin Court, Carpenter's Hall, and other historic sites in Philadelphia
  • Race and Place: African Americans in Washington, D.C., From 1800-1954
    Decatur House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation Site, Washington, D.C. Workshop Locations: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, LeDroit Park, Howard University, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, The National Archives, President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument, Decatur House Museum, and Lafayette Square
  • A Rising People: Benjamin Franklin and the Americans
    Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, State College, Pa.
    Workshop Locations: Independence Hall; Franklin Court; Franklin Institute; American Philosophical Society; Old City, Philadelphia; Society Hill Historic District; and historic houses in the Germantown Historic Area, such as Stenton and Cliveden
  • Ellis Island and Immigration To America, 1892-1924
    Save Ellis Island, Mt. Olive, N.J.
    Workshop Locations: Ellis Island and New York City
  • Jack London, Beauty Ranch, and Re-Imagining the American Dream
    Sonoma State University, Sonoma, Calif.
    Workshop Locations: Jack London State Park and historical sites in Sonoma County, California
  • Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution
    University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Workshop Locations: Lowell National Historical Park, Old Sturbridge Village, and various sites in Concord, Massachusetts
  • The American Farm in U.S. History
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
    Workshop Locations: Tillers International, Benton Harbor Fruit Market, and Fort Miami Heritage Center

The following Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for community college faculty will be held in the summer of 2007:

  • Encountering John Adams: Braintree and Boston
    Boston College
    Workshop Locations: Adams National Historical Park, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts Archives, Boston College
  • Remembering the Alamo
    Community College Humanities Association, Newark, N.J.
    Workshop Location: The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
  • The American Lyceum and Public Culture: The Oratory of Idealism, Opportunity, and Abolition in the 19th Century
    Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
    Workshop Locations: Concord, Milbury, and Sturbridge, Massachusetts
  • War, Death, and Remembrance: Memory and Commemoration of the American Civil War
    University of Mississippi, University, Miss.
    Workshop Locations: Oxford and Corinth, Mississippi; and Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee
  • Steel-Making in Cleveland: A Case Study of the History and Culture of Industrialization, Immigration, and Labor in America
    Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio
    Workshop Locations: Western Reserve Historical Society, Mittal Steel Mill, Ohio and Erie Canal, and historic neighborhoods along the Cuyahoga River

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