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Business and History: Learning about China!

What comes to mind when you think of China? Google? The Silk Road? Gore Vidal? Herman Cain? Whatever your motivation for increasing your knowledge of the world’s most populated nation, the China History Podcast will not disappoint. Last spring, as I was preparing to teach a unit on modern Chinese history, I was fortunate to […]

Janet Applefield–Holocaust Survivor

For the fourth annual year, Lakeview Junior High School’s 7th grade students (Lakeview is located in Dracut, Massachusetts)  had the opportunity to hear the story of Janet Singer Applefield, a Holocaust survivor, on May 16th.    Mrs. Applefield was born in Cracow, Poland on June 4, 1935 and was only four years old when the Germans […]

Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts

Dear Social Studies Teacher, I am working with The Partnership of the Historic Bostons on their 2012 Charter Day Program: “Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts.” We have some great programming on tap, including a student-friendly event on Thursday, September 20th, which features role-players from the Plimoth Plantation acting in character as some of the […]

Symposium on Africa in World History

From: Alfred J. Andrea University of Vermont aandrea@uvm.edu NERWHA Symposium on Africa in World History: Integrating Research and Teaching, 22 September 2012 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA), an affiliate of the World History Association, invites proposals from teachers and scholars of world history for roundtable discussants and workshop presenters […]

Zoot Suit Riot lesson is a good one

In the latest issue [May/June 2012] of Social Education (NCSS periodical) there is a terrific lesson on the Sleepy Lagoon Case & the Zoot Suit Riots. The lesson is clearly structured and organized for you and is set up in an intriguing format. “If you choose …” options, get different students to take different paths. […]

History Day Mom

Ten years ago (or was it eleven?) I began working with Massachusetts History Day.  At the time, I was the Director of Education for the Haverhill Historical Society and thrilled to find a group of amazing teachers and students doing the real work of history. I served as a judge then took over as Coordinator […]

Chasing the Nightbird

Like the sailors’ rope bracelets I wore all summer, my childhood memories of New England are tinged with salt air and seawater. I had no idea how fortunate I was to live in a place so steeped in history. Though born less than 20 miles from Boston Harbor, where the literal steeping of British tea […]