NEH Summer Institute for Teachers called Slavery in the Colonial North to be held July 9 to 14th, 2017 in the Hudson Valley, 45 minutes from New York City. Dr. Jacqueline Simmons, Lecturer, Department of Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, will be directing the program along with history Prof. Leslie Harris from Northwestern and Prof. Heather Williams from UPenn. The program is currently recruiting school teachers to study deeply with these history scholars to examine the economic and legal systems that supported the transatlantic slave trade, and consider the experiences of enslaved individuals in the Northern colonies. Towards the end of the week we will examine how the institution of slavery created connections to many of the equity issues we are all concerned with today. All the while teachers will create plans to translate this material into a classroom curriculum.
The program is accepting applications through March 1st. The institute is a one-week program held at a museum and historic site called Philipsburg Manor, a former plantation outside of NYC. NEH support allows us to offer stipends to cover expenses, so we are particularly interested in recruiting social studies teachers from across the country who may not be teaching about this aspect of colonial history.