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Emerging America’s online exhibits model engaging uses of primary and secondary sources from Western Massachusetts museums and archives. These stories serve as starting points to address major national themes and events in American history. Each exhibit features a select set of documents, maps, artifacts, and images, placed in context through secondary sources from expert scholars. Students can dive directly into the stories, or explore dynamic maps and multi-media. Within each exhibit, teachers can also access lesson plans, links to standards, and guidance on teaching methods.

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Radical Equality: The Northampton Association of Education and Industry

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary community of Utopian abolitionists and reformers of the 1840's.

 

 

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Steamboat Barnet: Emerging Industrialism

Explore the 1826 voyage of the first Connecticut River steamboat into Massachusetts, opening a new era of industrial and economic expansion for this part of New England.

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The Springfield Armory: Forge of Innovation

Investigate the central role of the Armory in leading the Industrial Revolution of the 1800's through innovative engineering and organization.

 

 

Upcoming Workshops


How can teachers engage their students with study of civic life, agency and community? By studying the history of post-Reconstruction American institutions and…
Course runs Oct 19 - Dec. 5, 2020, and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstr…
From the American colonial era to the 21st century, people with disabilities experienced a revolution in status from objects of religious benevolence to wards o…