Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan will host this National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. It will bring together 25 secondary school teachers from throughout the country to work with leading scholars in a study of the impact frontier experiences have had on both the United States and other nations. Participants will have the opportunity to study indigenous peoples, settlers, entrepreneurs, cowboys, and prospectors, and develop methods for incorporating these frontier experiences into their own classrooms. Participants will compare the American frontier to the experiences of other nations, such as Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa. We will also be examining West Michigan's frontier history during our visit to a local historical site.
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