The Landmarks

Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library

The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library (LMEC) whose collection encompasses over 200,000 maps and 5,000 historic atlases dating from the 1400s to the present. LMC offers high quality programming for teachers that enhances their understanding of geography, history, world cultures, and citizenship. It houses a strong collection of early colonial maps of New England that will be used extensively for this workshop.

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Museum of Fine Arts

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with a wide range of art of the Americas, is especially effective for placing New England within the context of the Atlantic World and drawing parallels between the perspectives on the maps and works of art on display.

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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation contains reconstructed historical environments, both Native and Colonial, that allow teachers to be immersed in a historical setting. The establishment of a permanent English colony in Plymouth in 1620 accelerated the transformation of New England in the 1600s, fostering a hybrid Colonial-Native regional society.

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The Mashantucket Pequot Museum

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut interprets the lives of Native Americans in New England before European contact and into the present day. In addition to exhibits, they house a wide range of original and digital resources on Native and Colonial history as well as ethnographic and archaeological collections. They also interpret several nearby battlefield sites connected to the Pequot War (1636-37).

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Images courtesy of Plimoth Plantation, and Bill Ilott.