The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY November 22, 1963 – November 22, 2013 Understandably, the topic of President Kennedy’s presidency and assassination may not have direct connections to what you are currently teaching in your classes at this point in time in the school year. However, for those teachers who […]

New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair

New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair This year, NERC will host the New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair on Wednesday, April 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The job fair will invite graduating students majoring in history and social studies education from colleges and universities to meet representatives of […]

Full STEAM Ahead?

Is your school or district looking ever more intensely at STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) centric course offerings with Common Core overtones? Has the art department begun their argument that it should be called STEAM because the arts, after all, are at the center of creativity. Are social studies offerings falling outside the “preferred” list? […]

The Butler as I See It

I just read Norm’s description/critique of The Butler and I agree with most of what he says. But I would like to emphasize that the film is so much more than what happened to one family. Many of us lived through the Civil Rights Eras of the 50’s and 60’s and all the events that […]

The Butler is Powerful

Recently saw The Butler and enjoyed it immensely. I went in expecting it to be more of an expose of what went on in the White House “behind closed doors” but was pleased to find that the primary story was that of Cecil Gaines and his family. We focus on the politics of Washington DC […]

Summer’s Wonderful Baltic Cruise has History Lesson

My wife and I, along with 3 other couples, all dear friends, cruised the Baltic Sea this past July. We had 12 days of ideal weather and enjoyed all the ship’s amenities (Celebrity Cruise lines – highly recommended). Our ports were Amsterdam, Rostock, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Talinn, and Copenhagen. All were beautiful and really […]

Making (Funding) History

History is sometimes in textbooks, nonfiction volumes or library shelves back in the “dusty” stacks. Hollywood has produced a lot of documentary or dramatized film and recently digital video you can find via the Intenet. However, much more often the actual visual records of  history are in the photo albums of families. You can go […]