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.

In these videos, Brian Sheehey and Wendy Waldron discuss the “Teaching Hidden Histories” project.

Upcoming Workshop 4: Saturday, November 20 at 9am

Change-makers in the face of nativism: The Lawrence Strike of 1919 and the push to “Americanize” the workforce

Join us on November 20 as we explore how the labor movement of the early 20th century in Lawrence and its context of aggressive nativism helps us understand the lingering impulse to “Americanize” newcomers and de-value “essential workers.”  What role does civics education play in the past and present as we define what it means to be an American? How do change-makers and members of the immigrant community in our region grapple with these issues today? Learn about our workshop presenters HERE. Register HERE.


Resources from Past Workshops

Past workshops examined different topics related to our theme. In advance of the virtual workshops, teachers received secondary and primary sources and scholars’ recorded presentations to prepare for our time together. At the synchronous workshops, they interacted with scholars and pedagogy experts via a panel discussion, and worked with other teachers in small groups to explore how to integrate content and techniques into curriculum development.

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