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History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137


History Institute

Since 1994, the UMass Amherst History Department has hosted events, workshops and in-service trainings for K-12 teachers in western Massachusetts. The Department's signature offering is "The History Institute". A joint endeavor with the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, the History Institute is an annual series of workshops organized around a central theme.

“The 1960s and Beyond in Historical Perspective: Social Justice and Equality in Local Context”

 March on Holyoke City Hall. The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke, Wistariahurst Museum. 

The Spring 2016 History Institute is a collaboration with three local archives: Smith College’s Sophia Smith Collection, UMass Amherst Special Collections and University Archives, and Wistariahurst Museum and Archive. Each session will be held at an archive and will focus on local histories of activism and social change from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Working closely with historian archivists, participants will:

  • Investigate local histories of activism and counterculture, including local women's movements, the Latino community organizing in Holyoke, and the creation of communes and utopian communities in rural Western Massachusetts
    Explore ways that these local histories impact, and are in turn impacted, by national events and contexts
    Work hands-on with primary sources from the archives and online sources from the Library of Congress
    Create a simple lesson to bring these dramatic events and engaging primary sources - photos, posters, speeches, oral histories, and more - into local classrooms

Workshop Presenters

  • Kathleen Nutter Ph.D., Historian and Archivist, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
    Maria Cartagena, Historian, Board Member and Community Organizer, Wistariahurst Museum
    Penni Martorell, Archivist and City Historian, Wistariahurst Museum
    Rob Cox Ph.D., Head of Special Collections, UMass Du Bois Library Special Collections and University Archives and Adjunct Professor, UMass Amherst Department of History

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Rich Cairn, Director of the Emerging America and Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Programs at CES
    Jessica Johnson Ph.D., Outreach Director, UMass Amherst Department of History

Dates and Times:

  • March 15, 2016, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Smith College Library, Sophia Smith Collection, 7 Neilson Dr., Northampton.
    April 26, 2016, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke.
    May 10, 2016, 4:00 - 7:00pm, Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst,154 Hicks Way, Amherst.

Participants who complete the series will earn 10 PDPs. For more information and to register for the 2016 History Institute, click here. Video lectures from previous History Institute sessions are available online here. The History Institute is sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services and the UMass Amherst History Department.


Finestone, Roy. Rules: No illegal drugs, no more pets, no soap in stream, no picknicers, visitors welcome, no minors overnight without parents okay, use trench, August 1969. Roy Finestone Photograph Collection (PH 005). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries