Thursday, Aug 13, 2009
Teachers Immersed in Lowell National Historical Park Resources
LOWELL, MA - This summer the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of Lowell National Historical Park and its partner, the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Graduate School of Education, hosted an unprecedented four weeks of residential teacher workshops. One hundred and seventeen teachers, selected from nearly 270 applicants, participated in a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) âLandmarks of American History and Cultureâ teacher workshop entitled âInventing America - Lowell and the Industrial Revolution.â This workshop is part of NEHâs âWe the Peopleâ project, which promotes the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the exploration of significant events and themes in American history.
For each of three weeks, an average of 39 teachers from dozens of different states attended an intensive, week-long workshop at the Tsongas Center. Through scholarly presentations and on-site investigations of Lowellâs canals, mills, and worker housing as Americaâs first large-scale planned industrial city, as well as through field studies of Old Sturbridge Village, Walden Pond, and Minute Man National Historical Park, workshop participants explored the far-reaching economic and social changes brought about by industrialization. Summer 2009 marks the fourth year in a row in which the Tsongas Center has received an NEH Landmarks grant.
The Tsongas Center also hosted a week-long workshop for Vermont teachers through a Teaching American History Grant, numerous one-day workshops for other teacher groups, and five weeks of summer camp for students age 8-14.