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University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300)
Anthony F Arrigo (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on the history and significance of Hoover Dam.

The subject of our Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop is the Hoover Dam. Proclaimed a savior of the American southwest and repeatedly hailed as a world wonder, Hoover Dam played a key role in both regional and national developments in early 20th century America including the expansion of federal water reclamation projects, advances in civil and hydro-engineering, development of public-private partnerships of the New Deal, and the rapid growth of cities and agriculture in the southwest. We propose Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West as a workshop for 6-12th grade educators to explore these ideas through discussions with leading scholars, daily site study, and historical research using primary documents at archives and museums in and around Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Project fields:
American Government; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$179,076 (approved)
$163,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016