Teaching Hidden Histories

Youth in the Essex County, MA 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.

Learn more about ways to participate and how to earn PDPs and stipends by clicking here.

We will answer together…

  • How do examples of marginalized groups’ experiences in Essex County, Massachusetts illuminate how some histories have been “hidden” within our larger American story?  
  • How can we help students connect with this history, keeping their voices and ideas at the forefront of our teaching?
  • How do we create a safe environment for difficult conversations about complex issues surrounding race, identity, and what it means to be “American,” especially through a local lens that will hit close to home?

Workshop 3: June 5, 2021 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The Acknowledgement and Recognition of Native Peoples Past and Present

Program Structure

Each workshop will answer these questions by examining a different topic related to our theme. In advance of the VIRTUAL workshops, you will receive secondary and primary sources and scholars’ recorded presentations to prepare for our time together. At the synchronous workshops, you will interact with scholars and pedagogy experts via a panel discussion, and will work with other teachers in small groups to explore how to integrate content and techniques into curriculum development. Program is designed for secondary humanities teachers, but any educator is welcome to register.

Two of the workshops have passed; find recordings here. There is one last workshop planned for June 5 2021 – registration open!

Beth Beringer, Director of Education Programs

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation.