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Along the Shore: The Landmarks of Brooklyn's Industrial Waterfront

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“Along the Shore: The Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront” consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for fifty community college faculty members on the diverse and historically rich Brooklyn waterfront through the changing lens of historic preservation. The program focuses on Brooklyn’s waterfront by exploring its preservation history and the questions it raises about the meaning of landmarks. Participants study such prominent sites as Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island, as well as the architecture of Charles Bulfinch, whose work in the former Brooklyn Navy Yard (now a burgeoning industrial park) exemplifies some of the workshop’s complex issues. The group also examines how industrial landscapes, such as the environmentally damaged Newtown Creek, exist alongside diverse and changing neighborhoods, from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights. Readings and lectures span architectural and environmental histories, maps, and poetry. Richard Haw, Francis Morrone, and Shelley Smith discuss Brooklyn’s diverse architectural history, supported, for example, by Haw’s Art of the Brooklyn Bridge and John Kasson’s Amusing the Millions: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century. Geoff Zylstra, Roberta Weisbrod, and Daniel Campo address the area’s environmental history as participants read articles on specific sites, EPA documents, and NOAA maps. Debby Applegate’s biography of Henry Ward Beecher, Joshua Freeman’s Working Class New York, and Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” illuminate some of the social and literary topics to be treated by Mark Noonan and Carolyn Hellman. This program features access to the Brooklyn Historical Society’s extensive manuscript, map, and image collection. 

Dates: Brooklyn, NY: June 3–9 or June 17–23
Grantee Institutions: Richard E. Hanley, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center
Location: the Brooklyn Bridge; various sites in Brooklyn Heights including the Promenade, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Plymouth Church; the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the Newtown Creek (from the water); Coney Island; DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass); Greenpoint

About NEH Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. As part of the NEH’s We the People program, we offer the following Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty. NEH Landmarks Workshops provide the opportunity for community college educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, to advance their own scholarship, and to develop enhanced teaching materials.

Amount of Award

Faculty selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends help cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location.


These projects are designed for faculty members at American community colleges. Adjunct and part-time lecturers as well as full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Other community college staff, including librarians and administrators, are eligible to compete, provided they can advance the teaching and/or research goals of the workshop. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the NEH application and provide all of the information requested to be considered eligible.

New this year: An individual may apply to up to two NEH Summer Programs in any one year (Landmarks Workshops, Summer Seminars, or Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.

How to Apply

Please e-mail, telephone or send by U.S. Post a request for application information and expanded Workshop descriptions to the Landmarks directors listed here; in many cases, these materials will also be available on project websites. You may request information about as many Workshops as you like, and, as noted above, you may apply to up to two programs but participate in only one.