Immigration in the Granite State: 2-Day Workshop for Teachers

To teach the story of America to students, it helps to put human faces on what can seem like large and impersonal social forces. A New Hampshire Humanities grant to the Historical Society of Cheshire County will support a 2-day teacher workshop on immigration for elementary and middle school educators. Guided by Paul Vincent, Keene State College Professor of Holocaust Studies and History, participants will learn about United States immigration policy during the intense period of transition from the 1860s through the 1940s, and explore questions such as: How have Americans’ views of immigration changed over time? How have local communities been redefined by immigration? What have immigrants gained and lost in the process of becoming American?

Sessions led by local historians will focus on the history of Jewish, Finnish, and French-Canadian populations in our state, followed by a contemporary look at New Hampshire’s refugee resettlement program. Museum and historical society staff will offer hands-on practice in teaching about immigration using artifacts, archival research, and library materials, as well as a new immigration history “wonder box” for classroom use.

Participants will receive 12 professional development credits for attending both days.

June 29-June 30, 9am-3:30 pm daily
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street, Keene

For more information and to register click HERE, or contact Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education at dired@hsccnh.org or 352-1895.