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Tsongas Center Provides ‘Summer School’ for Teachers


LOWELL ߝ About 135 teachers from the region and across the country will gather next week at the Tsongas Industrial History Center to learn about teaching American industrial history in its birthplace, Lowell.

Thirty-three teachers from Massachusetts and seven from New Hampshire will join educators from all corners and regions of the U.S., including Alaska.  The workshops combine scholarly presentation with on-site investigations of the canals, mills and worker housing. The week-long program, titled “Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution,” is the first of three to be offered this summer under a $224,000 National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” grant. The NEH program promotes the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture through the exploration of significant events and themes in American history. 

 “The workshops will provide the Tsongas Center with a wonderful opportunity to introduce teachers from across the United States to Lowell’s unique resources,” says Sheila Kirschbaum coordinator of the Tsongas Center’s program. Kirschbaum recommends the following as the best times for interviews and/or photo opportunities:
Monday, June 26:
10:30 a.m. - noon, Boott Cotton Mills, John St., Lowell, “Millopoly” ߝ Teachers will play a simulation game with roles as either cotton textile manufacturers or cotton plantation owners.
2 p.m. ߝ 4:30 p.m., Waterpower Tours and Workshops ߝ Some teachers will be boarding boats for canal tours, while others will be in the Boott Cotton Mill in the Water Wheel room.
Wednesday, June 28:
10 ߝ 11:20 a.m. Workers on the Line Workshop ߝ hands-on workshop in which participants are assigned to an assembly line and experience speed-ups, stretch-outs and layoffs.
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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. 
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; and in the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at

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