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BH-50331-09

University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA 01854-2827)
Sheila Kirschbaum (Project Director: March 2009 to April 2012)
Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution - Summer 2010 Teacher Workshops

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the textile industry in Lowell, Massachusetts, as a case study of early nineteenth-century industrialization.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, proposes to engage teachers in examining the textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization. We will use the unique resources of the Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, economics, society, and the environment between 1820 and 1860. On-line follow-up classes will examine the meaning of slavery in northern textile cities and the globalization of textiles today. Lowell, the first planned industrial city in the U.S., formed the template for later industrial cities and provides an ideal setting for historical training for teachers. Teachers experience history where it happened and learn how to teach with historic sites in their communities. The Workshop combines lectures and discussion, field investigations, primary and secondary materials, and historical fiction for students.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$159,999 (approved)
$159,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 6/30/2011