The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library is pleased to invite 3rd-12th grade teachers from around the country to apply to participate in our summer 2017 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture teacher workshop: Mapping a New World: Places of Colonization and Conflict in 17th-Century New England.
Participants will explore the history and landscape of 1600s New England, with an emphasis on the role of geography and place. This is an opportunity to engage deeply with the region by visiting and learning at major historical landmarks such as the site of Plymouth colony, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and battlefields of the Pequot War, the city of Boston and its harbor islands with their deep connections to Native American history, and museums and libraries that together house collections and exhibitions that bring to life this complex story of land, power, identity, and community.
Teachers will engage with leading scholars and primary source materials, including period maps, letters, land deeds, and narratives that are grounded in their geographic location. These materials illuminate how the different ways and perspectives with which English settlers and multifaceted Native communities viewed the New England region shaped their relationships and interactions throughout the 1600s.