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Oct
3
Wed
2018
American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 3 October
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era
Craig Bruce Smith, William Woods University

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders)

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society.

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Oct
6
Sat
2018
Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! @ Boston Common, Boston, MA
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 October
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday
Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again!
Reenactment from Long Wharf to Boston Common

In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!

9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf

9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House

10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall

10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing

11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common

From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

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Oct
29
Mon
2018
MCSS Annual Statewide One-Day Fall Conference @ Holiday Inn & Suites-Marlborough
Oct 29 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One

Social Studies is a large academic field that includes history, geography, economics, civics and government, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences such as psychology and sociology. Collectively, Social Studies is intended to prepare students to hold the “Office of Citizen” and is essential for responsible citizenship in areas such as history and government, geography, economics, sociology, and communication. Social Studies creates opportunities for students to apply critical thinking and content knowledge to analyze information on complex issues and to seek solutions to real-world problems.

Online Registration is now open

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Workshop Descriptions [PDF]
Conference Schedule [PDF]


Special guest speakers include Christopher Martell (Boston University), Michelle Ryan (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Nov
7
Wed
2018
Founding Martyr: The Life & Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero @ Massachusetts Historical Society
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 7 November
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
Founding Martyr: The Life & Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Christian Di Spigna

Had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did. He was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in Boston– including the Stamp Act protests, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party–but his legacy has remained largely obscured. Christian Di Spigna’s biography provides research and scores of newly unearthed documents that have given us this forgotten founding father anew.

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders)

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Nov
10
Sat
2018
Explore the Road to Revolution @ Minute Man National Historical Park
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Explore the Road to Revolution

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Minute Man Visitor Center
Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, Massachusetts

PDPs: 10 (6 hrs. plus submitting lesson activity or plan based on PD workshop)
Cost: $20.00 (credit card, purchase order, or check payable to Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies)

Registration now open: Start Here

Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, MA preserves the sites, structures and landscapes associated with the opening battle of the American Revolution. Teachers are invited to spend a day at the park with our Education Coordinator to explore the park’s resources and the incredible stories we tell.

  • Visit the places where history happened
  • Explore the stories we tell through the evidence on which they are based: documents, artifacts, and historic places
  • Learn about our popular ranger-led education programs

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome / Introduction

9:15 – 10:15 The Revolution Before the Revolution
The effects of the American Revolution reached into the very homes, businesses and domestic spheres of ordinary people, long before the ever memorable 19th of April, 1775. How did their activities affect the course of history? This one hour program will explore the grass-roots resistance of the American Revolution, when seemingly everyday choices and activities took on political significance.

10:30 – 11:00 “The Road to Revolution”
Located at the Minute Man Visitor Center, this award winning, multimedia theater program gives an excellent introduction to the historic events of April 19, 1775.

11:15 – 12:00 Parker’s Revenge: Examine the New Evidence
Park Ranger Jim Hollister will lead an exploration of the site where Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia fought the British for the second time with far different results than the first. During the course of the exploration the group will discuss the archaeological investigation that led to the discovery of the battle site in 2015, and how historians and military experts interpreted the information and created a plausible scenario based on the new evidence.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Please bring your own lunch)

1:15 – 3:00 “Who Shot First?”
This program begins at North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord where participants will explore the visitor center exhibits, then tour the North Bridge battlefield with a costumed Park Ranger who will lead a discussion of what happened there on April 19, 1775, using the landscape and other tangible resources to set the stage. The participants will then read excerpts of actual first-hand accounts of the battle, identify key details, and draw conclusions based on these accounts.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, 3 December
5:30 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Talk
Rochambeau: The French Military Presence in Boston
Robert Selig, The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

In July 1780, the French troop transport Île de France sailed into Boston Harbor. Thus began 30 months of uninterrupted French military presence in Boston as it became the most important French base in North America until Christmas Day 1782, when a fleet under Admiral Vaudreuil sailed from Boston for the West Indies carrying the Comte de Rochambeau’s infantry. This talk provides an in-depth look at this little-known episode in Massachusetts and Boston history.

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Mar
18
Mon
2019
49th Annual Northeast Regional Conference (NERC) for the Social Studies @ Framingham State University
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day

49th annual Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies

More information will come shortly!