J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

“From Revolution to New Nation” Teachers’ Institute, 29 July-2 Aug

Here is the first of two weeklong workshops for teachers that I know are happening in and around Boston this summer.

From Revolution to New Nation: Exploring Boston’s Trails to Freedom, 1760–1860
Monday, 29 July, through Friday, 2 August 2013
Travel along Boston’s Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail and meet some famous, and some not so famous, Bostonians whose contributions helped to bring the United States from British colonies to an independent country to a nation on the brink of Civil War.

Experience in-depth tours of the sites themselves, explore primary-source documents, examine replica artifacts, and listen to lectures by scholars in their fields. Learn exciting ways to make this time period come to life in elementary and middle school classrooms from museum educators and park interpreters.
I’ll give one of the lectures along the way, about the controversies before, during, and after the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Participants can earn 30 P.D.P.’s or two graduate credits through Framingham State University. The basic cost is $125; graduate credit involves more work and an additional fee. Participants must be able to walk up to 1.5 miles per day in hot weather, and some sites are not fully accessible. Space is limited to 25 participants with preference given to Boston Public School 3rd–8th grade teachers who haven’t attended a Boston People and Places teachers’ institute in the past.

Boston People and Places is a collaboration among historic sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail, Boston National Historical Park, and Boston African American National Historic Site. Its partner in this institute is the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, founded in 1892 to cultivate an interest in Colonial and American history by publishing, encouraging research, and facilitating active discussion of historical issues and events.

For more information, contact Emily Holmes at the Paul Revere House (617-523-2338) or institute coordinator Elisabeth Nevins. You can download the flyer for this institute from this page.

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