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The Massachusetts Historical Society is teaming up with Minute Man National Park, the Concord Museum, the Lexington Historical Society, the Old Manse, and other sites in Concord, Lexington, and Boston to offer a one-week Landmarks of American History workshop for schoolteachers, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At the Crossroads of Revolution: Lexington and Concord in 1775 will be offered twice in the summer of 2015: from July 26-31 and from August 2-7.  The weeks begin on Sunday evening and end early Friday evening.

In the spring of 1775, the towns of Lexington and Concord became targets, scenes, and symbols of actions which would ignite a war culminating in the birth of a new country. In those towns were people caught at the crossroads of Revolution. This workshop is designed to immerse our participants in the evocative eighteenth-century landscapes of those towns, as well as the port city of Boston, to examine the decisions and dilemmas involved in the events of 1775 and the subsequent interpretations and uses of those events.  We want to put you, the educator, at the crossroads of the American Revolution.

Our Massachusetts institution, the nation's oldest historical society (1791), is world-renowned for the strengths of its document-based collections and online resources. We will introduce you to the landscapes, structures, objects and exhibitions that connect those treasured documents to real places where events unfolded that irrevocably affected the course of human history.

Minute Man National Park is the main "campus" for the week. Located 18 miles northwest of Boston in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, it commemorates the story of the opening battle of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The Park preserves approximately five miles of the original "Battle Road," 12 colonial "witness" structures, the North Bridge and Minute Man Statue in Concord, and almost 900 acres of pastoral landscape. Session settings also include historic locations outside of the Park in Concord and Lexington, and sites along the Freedom Trail in Boston.

This website describes the scope and content of the workshop, participating faculty and project team members, and information concerning local housing, activities, and opportunities. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2015. Please visit the "How to Apply" section of this website to learn more about the application process.

We look forward to receiving your application and introducing you to the crossroads of revolution! Please feel free to contact Kathleen Barker with any additional questions or concerns about our Landmarks workshop: education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

 

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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