UMass Amherst Public History Institute Sponsors Eight-Day Training Sessions

AMHERST, Mass. - The Public History Institute at the University of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the New England Historical Genealogical Society in Boston, is offering an eight-day institute (one week in the summer and three Saturdays in the fall) titled "Exploring Family and Community History through Primary Sources."

The summer session takes place on campus July 6-10. The fall sessions are Sept. 26, Oct. 17, and Nov. 7.

Also sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the institute will explore classroom activities in family and community history and how they apply to new content guidelines for social studies and English in the classroom. These guidelines, known as the Social Studies and English Curriculum Frameworks, were mandated by legislators and developed by the state Board of Education last September.

At the institute, approximately 30 grade 4-12 teachers will attend presentations and participate in hands-on activities relating to genealogy, New England family and community history, and the Social Studies and English Curriculum Frameworks.

The institute includes a presentation by UMass history professor Barry Levy on the social history of families and the daily life of early New England residents. Other highlights of the institute are a guided walking tour of Historic Deerfield by UMass adjunct professor Abbott Lowell Cummings, and a tour of local historic cemeteries by UMass Emeritus Professor Miriam Chrisman.

For further information on the July session, contact acting coordinator Joe Gabriel at 413/545-9695 or 413/545-1330. For the fall sessions, contact coordinator Lisa Middents at 413/545-9695.