Tsongas Center Wins NEH Grant Second Year in a Row

09/18/2006
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LOWELL ߝ The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, has received a $224,000 grant for the second year in a row from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The grant will provide professional development for educators in the summer of 2007 through the NEH “Landmarks of American History and Culture” program. 

With funding from the grant, the Tsongas Center will once again host three week-long summer workshops titled “Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution”  for educators from across the United States.  This past summer’s workshops hosted 130 participants from 32 different states.  Teachers from as far as Alaska and as close as  Lowell High School spent six days attending scholarly presentations, conducting on-site investigations of Lowell’s canals, mills, and worker housing, and touring Old Sturbridge Village, Walden Pond, Concord, MA, and Lowell’s Acre neighborhood.

 “We received word of the new grant just as we said goodbye to the last participants from this past summer’s program.  The educators who took part this year told us how pleased they were with their learning experience in Lowell,”  says Sheila Kirschbaum, coordinator, Tsongas Center’s “Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution” Program.   “We are delighted to know we will have an opportunity to repeat this summer’s successes.”

 The funds are part of NEH’s “We the People” project, which promotes the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture through the exploration of significant events and themes in American history. 

 “I am pleased to learn that UMass Lowell has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue the success of the Tsongas Industrial History Center.  This grant will allow UMass Lowell to build on the great success of this year's program, and expand it for next year,” said Congressman Marty Meehan of Lowell. “With this funding, the Tsongas Center will be able to ensure that the story of the vital role Lowell and the surrounding communities played in the American Industrial Revolution will be preserved for future generations.”

The Tsongas Center will be accepting applications from educators around the country.  Participants will receive a stipend to cover housing and meals, with travel assistance available on a case-by-case basis.  Details on application deadlines and other information will be provided later this school year.

 The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a collaborative project of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park.  The Center encourages the teaching of industrial history in a hands-on way through on- and off-site educational programs for over 60,000 students annually. 

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