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"Labor and Landscape: Lowell as Nineteenth Century Crucible"



National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop

  • Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2021 or July 11 - 16, 2021 (choose one week)
  • Location: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Stipend: $1,200
  • Applications will be open this fall. To be notified of when applications are open, email:

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, Massachusetts, to study Lowell's industrial history as an environmental "crucible" where various elements came together and transformations resulted. 

We use the resources of Lowell National Historical Park, the city of Lowell, and other cultural/historical sites (specifically, Old Sturbridge Village and Walden Pond) to consider nineteenth-century textile manufacturing as a moment when multiple ways of using nature collided.

During this six-day (Sunday night through Friday) residential workshop, educators look at ways of labor and meaning of landscape for Native Americans, enslaved people, New England farm families, and workers in Lowell’s mills—from “mill girls” to immigrants. Our study locates the origins of American environmental concern, social protest, and regulatory policy in the reaction to environmental disruption and pollution associated with textile and other factories. This interdisciplinary workshop uses illustrated talks, tours, and hands-on activities to build content knowledge and launch discussions about classroom applications. 

Teachers selected to participate receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the workshop 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 “Labor and Landscape” workshop!

Sheila Kirschbaum
Director, “Labor and Landscape: Lowell as Nineteenth-Century Crucible”
Tsongas Industrial History Center
An education partnership of Lowell National Historical Park and the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education

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