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Child Laborers from 1911 (10 boys) pose in a line next to a man, no child taller than his shoulder
Hine, L. W., photographer. (1911) Arthur Chalifoux, 3 Rand St. 4th boy from left. Works in Eclipse Mills, No. Adams. Location: North Adams, Massachusetts. Massachusetts North Adams North Adams. United States, 1911. August. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2018676635/.

WINDOWS ON HISTORY

Civic Engagement through Local History Projects

Windows on History projects challenge K-12 students to develop new skills in interpreting the past, using primary source documents and artifacts from archives at libraries, museums, and historical societies in their own communities.

As they investigate topics in local history, students learn to see connections with national events and stories, and to build interpretations of the past that are guided by careful critical questioning. Together, students, teachers, and community partners create websites to share their discoveries with audiences beyond the classroom.

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…