The NEH Summer Workshop, Salem, Massachusetts (1801-1861): National Culture, International Horizons is a series of four one-week-long, residence-based workshops designed to provide K-12 school teachers with content on the era of expansion and reform in Salem, Massachusetts, and the United States. Salem is an historic seaside community located approximately 16 miles north of Boston. From its days as one of the earliest landing sites of the English colonists, to its rise as the first major port in the United States, to its trailblazing efforts in opening up the East Indian trade, to its heyday as a thriving hub of American commerce and the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem's historical legacy is rich. Directed by Dr. Patricia Johnston, Art History, and Dr. Gayle V. Fischer, History, the five-day workshops accommodate fifty K-12 educators from across the country each week (July 4-9, 2004; July 11-16, 2004; July 18-23, 2004; July 25-30, 2004). Workshops are organized around the National Standards for History: Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12) and Era 4: Expansion and Reform 1801-1861. Salem provides an opportunity to examine and develop strategies for teaching these sub-themes using textual and material culture resources.
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