The Landmarks

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (LMC) 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.

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.

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.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) contains extensive holdings connected to the founding of Massachusetts and offers extensive teacher training. Its collections include the diaries of John Winthrop (English Puritan lawyer and leading figure of the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony) and original narratives of King Philip’s War events.

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).

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a series of 34 islands and peninsulas. Native Americans used the islands to plant crops and harvest abundant marine life. In 1675, Deer Island and several others were used as internment camps for over 1000 Christian Indians during King Philip’s War. Over half died of exposure and starvation. A memorial on Deer Island commemorates this history.


Images courtesy of Plimoth Plantation, and Bill Ilott.