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NEH Institute - Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience

NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers

National Endowment For The Humanities

Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience

Dates: June 24-29, 2018 or July 15-20, 2018 (choose one week)
Location: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, MA
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Stipend: $1200

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, invites educators to the “mill city” of Lowell, MA, to examine Lowell’s textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization and reform.

We use the resources of the Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, society, culture, and the environment between 1820 and 1860, and explore reform activity related to labor, women’s rights, and slavery. Lowell, the first planned industrial city in the U.S., formed the template for later industrial cities and provides an ideal setting for historical inquiry.

Educators investigate history where it happened and learn how to teach with primary sources, artifacts, and historic sites in their own communities. The institute combines lectures, discussion, hands-on and field investigations, dramatic presentations, and close examination of primary, secondary, and literary sources.

This six-day (Sunday night through Friday) residential teacher institute uses the rich resources of Lowell National Historical Park, Old Sturbridge Village, and Concord, MA, museums and historic sites to offer learning experiences during the following weeks: June 24-29, 2018 and July 15 – July 20, 2018 (choose one week).

Teachers selected to participate receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the institute session. Stipends are taxable and intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses.

Please follow these links to learn more about the program.

We hope you will apply to participate in our “Lowell Experience” Institute!

Sheila Kirschbaum
Director, “Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience”
Tsongas Industrial History Center
An education partnership of Lowell National Historical Park and the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.