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NEH Workshop: The Lowell Experience

NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop

We are excited to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host two one-week workshops for K-12 educators on the environmental history of Lowell in the summer of 2020.

The title of our new Landmarks of American History workshop is "Labor and Landscape: Lowell as a Nineteenth-Century Crucible."

Our website below will be updated by the end of October with complete application information to attend our workshop in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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We look forward to welcoming teachers in 2020!

National Endowment For The Humanities
  • Dates: June 23-28, 2019 or July 14-19, 2019 (choose one week)
  • Location: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, Mass.
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Stipend: $1,200

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell'sCollege of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, invites educators to the “mill city” of Lowell, Mass., 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 large-scale 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 workshop 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 workshop uses the rich resources of Lowell National Historical Park, Old Sturbridge Village, and Concord, Mass., museums and historic sites to offer learning experiences during the following weeks: June 23-28, 2019 and July 14-July 19, 2019 (choose one week).

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 “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.