National Endowment for the Humanities
Landmarks of American History Workshop for Teachers:
Women’s Suffrage on the Western Frontier
July 16-21 and July 23-28, 2006
Who: 6-12 teachers, administrators, and other school personnel
When: Application deadline is March 15, 2006
Two week-long seminars: July 16-21 and July 23-28
Where: University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
How: Visit our website at: www.uwyo.edu/humanities
Or contact Marcia Wolter Britton at:
Address: Wyoming Council for the Humanities
1315 E. Lewis Street
Laramie, WY 82072
$500 stipends are available to assist with travel, lodging, and meal costs.
In 1869, Wyoming granted women the right to vote, becoming the first state to do so. South Pass City, Wyoming, resident Esther Hobart Morris became the nation’s first female elected official a few months later. Why did the West embrace political equality for women long before the East? How has the issue of equality played out for Wyoming women over time? How have the landscapes of the West related to the suffrage history that occurred here?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed this summer at the “Women’s Suffrage on the Western Frontier” teacher workshops led by scholars David Wrobel, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Paula Petrik, George Mason University. Joining them will be master teacher David Peterson, a former Wyoming Teacher of the Year and James Madison Fellow, and faculty members from the University of Wyoming. The workshops will be hosted in Laramie, Wyoming, by the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center and College of Education, and the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.
Teachers will visit South Pass City State Historic Site, where both the legislator who introduced Wyoming’s women’s suffrage bill and Esther Hobart Morris lived before the town was abandoned. They will also visit the Wyoming State Capitol National Historic Landmark in Cheyenne. Additionally, teachers will engage in study and conversation with leading scholars and use primary historical sources, including landmarks, as teaching tools. Stipends will be provided to assist with covering travel and living expenses during the workshop.
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