Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution announces Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival and Social Reform in America. Two, one-week NEH Landmarks of History and Culture Workshops for 80 teachers (40 teachers per workshop) will be held in Albany, New York, July 7-13 and July 14-20, 2013. This workshop examines the history, culture and legacy of American Shakerism.
Participants will engage in interactive seminars with scholars; investigate Shaker artifacts and primary documents at the New York State Museum and New York State Library and tour three historic Shaker sites: Watervliet Shaker Historic District, Hancock Shaker Village, and Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon. Throughout the workshop participants will brainstorm on how to apply their discoveries to curriculum and bring the fascinating history of the Shakers to life for contemporary students.
K-12 teachers in the fields of language arts, social studies, art, music, philosophy, and technology are encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of Shaker history is neither required nor expected. Full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents are eligible; other K-12 school personnel will be considered based on availability. Workshop participants will be awarded one $1,200 stipend towards program costs. For full program description and application procedures visit: www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop
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