The Massachusetts Historical Society is teaming up with Minute Man National Park, the Concord Museum, the Old Manse, and other sites in Lexington, Concord, and Boston to announce a one-week Landmarks institute for school teachers, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. "At the Crossroads of Revolution" will be offered twice in the summer of 2012: from July 22–27 and from August 5–10. Visit our website to learn more about the scope and content of the workshop, participating faculty and project team members, and information concerning local housing, activities, and opportunities. (http://www.masshist.org/crossroads) Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2012.
In the spring of 1775, the towns of Lexington and Concord became targets, scenes, and symbols of actions which would ignite a war culminating in the birth of a new country. In those towns were people caught at the crossroads of Revolution. This institute is designed to immerse our participants in the evocative 18th-century landscapes of those towns, as well as the port city of Boston, to examine the decisions and dilemmas involved in the events of 1775 and the subsequent interpretations and uses of those events. We want to put you, the educator, at the crossroads of the American Revolution.
The Massachusetts Historical Society, the nation’s oldest (1791), is world-renowned for the strengths of its document-based collections and online resources. We will introduce you to the landscapes, structures, objects and exhibitions that connect those treasured documents to real places where events unfolded that irrevocably affected the course of human history.
Minute Man National Park is the main "campus" for the week. Located 18 miles northwest of Boston in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, it commemorates the story of the opening battle of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The Park preserves approximately five miles of the original Battle Road, 12 colonial witness structures, the North Bridge and Minute Man Statue in Concord, and almost 900 acres of cultural landscape. Our campus includes historic locations outside of the Park in Concord and Lexington, and extends right to the city of Boston and the sites along the Freedom Trail.
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