Teaching Hidden Histories

Youth in our region are asking their teachers for help in preparing them to understand and become active participants in a society and culture that seems increasingly divided. Join Essex Heritage’s FREE “Teaching Hidden Histories” collaborative workshops as we utilize local organizations’ archives, scholars’ expertise, and community members’ voices to explore local historical examples of larger structural inequities and the fight for more access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Work with other teachers to find ways of making this history relevant to students as they confront modern challenges and opportunities built on these legacies.

What is Using Essex History?

Using Essex History brings together teaching resources collected first through two past programs, Using Essex History (UEH) and Local In a National Context (LINCs), both of which sought to encourage the use of local history to illuminate larger national themes. The materials gathered here mostly consist of primary sources from the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County, Massachusetts). There are also suggested resources for source analysis and further exploration of local primary sources. Additional primary sources and teaching resources for the upcoming program Teaching Hidden Histories will be added over the following months, so keep checking back!

Educators, students, and community members are encouraged to explore Using Essex History.

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