Friday, August 25, 2017

After-School Reading and Discussion Series

The Flow of History decided many months ago to focus our 2017-18 programming on using history as an entry point to talk about race in the classroom. While this important topic is always on the agenda, recent events have made this conversation even more timely. Our 4-session book group will launch with a new YA novel that is hard hitting and provocative. We’ll follow that up with some readings about the nature of identity in contemporary society. The final two sessions will investigate the ways that race and privilege figure into Vermont history and how we can use state and local history to engage students in empathic conversations about race and identity.

Dates and Locations:
Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 13, November 27, December 11, January 8

Brattleboro, VT: November 14, November 28, December 12, January 9

Registration Fee: $200; Books and materials provided

Sessions 1 & 2: Race and Identity in America
  • Session 1: Book Discussion: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
  • Session 2: Discussion and Activities: Josh Bryan, “Charlottesville was my fault,” and Facing History and Ourselves, “The Complexity of Identity”

Sessions 3 & 4: The Significance of Race in Vermont History
  • Session 3: Primary Source Inquiry: The Vermont Constitution and Vermont Slavery; Jeffrey Brace, The Blind African Slave
  • Session 4: Discussion: Elise Guyette, “The Power of Erasure: Reflections on Civil War, Race, and Growing Up White in Vermont.” Primary Source Inquiry: The Power of Monuments

Monday, August 14, 2017

Workshop: Town Meeting Then and Now

Date: December 5, 2017

Location: Windsor Town Offices, 29 Union Street, Windsor, VT

Registration Fee: $175

Have you been trying to figure out how to connect Civics to Vermont History? Join us for a workshop focused on Town Meetings then and now.
  • Take a tour of a Town Clerk's vault and learn about the primary sources housed there.
  • Learn how to read town meeting records with kids.
  • Try out a simple lesson that introduces the idea of civic duty to kids, comparing elected officials in a community then and now.
  • Learn how to develop a town meeting reenactment that can focus on past or present civic issues

2018 Field Studies

Field Study: Overnight at Plimoth Plantation

Date: May 11 - 12
Location: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA
Registration Fee: $350

You will step into the world of the Pilgrims for a night by dressing up in colonial costumes, helping to make a delicious hearth-cooked meal, and playing games that the settlers would have known from their homes in England. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour and bed down for the night in a reconstructed Pilgrim house to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an evening in early Plimoth Colony!

Field Study: The Civil War in Your Community

Date: July 9 - 11, 2018
Location: St. Gaudens, Cornish, NH
Registration Fee: $525 (2 graduate credits available for additional fee)

Day 1: The Civil War in Myth and Memory. What messages do monuments send? Why were Civil War monuments erected and how do the layered messages from the past impact society today? We will use monuments at St. Gaudens as a case study and hear from one teacher about how her high school students have wrestled with these questions.

Days 2 & 3: Learn how to develop a Project Based Learning unit on researching Civil War soldiers. We will investigate a graveyard, learn how to find primary sources online and in your community, and discuss creative ways for students to share their projects with the community. Considerable time will be available for individual work-time.


2018 Summer Institute

"Something never to be forgotten": Stories of Race and Identity
Dates: June 26 - 29, 2018
Location: Grafton, VT
Registration Fee: to be determined

Monday, August 7, 2017

History Inquiry Labs in Your Classroom

Flow of History will come to you!

These hands-on history inquiries offer students the chance to analyze artifacts, photographs, and other primary sources. Sarah Rooker and/or Alan Berolzheimer will visit your class with a box full of artifacts and other materials to bring history to life for your students. Where possible, they will bring documents connected to your town or region. 

Each inquiry allows students to gain proficiency in explaining differences between historic and present day objects and reconstructing the past through primary sources.

Each inquiry includes historical fiction and writing connections to be completed before and/or after the visit.  $350 + travel for a 45 – 60 minute session; $700 for a day + travel.

Settling Your Town
Grades 4 & 5
Using early maps from your town, paintings, and artifacts, students investigate how early settlers supplied their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing.  Read more...

School Days
Grades 3 – 5
Using artifacts students will compare schooling during the days of one-room school to schools today. Using maps, they will examine the school districts in their own towns and identify questions to explore further. A brief one-room school lesson can be substituted for the artifact activity. Read more...

Diary of a Little Girl
Grades 3 - 5
Students use the 1911 diary of Alice Bushnell to explore children's daily life in Vermont. Artifacts bring the diary to life and elicit comparisons between then and now. Read more...

Coming to America
Grades 3 – 5
Students unpack an immigrant’s trunk and learn about packing and traveling to America from the perspective of an immigrant child.


Civil War in your Community
Grades 6 - 8
This inquiry lab launches a local soldier research project for your students.  Students will be introduced to the Vermont in the Civil War website and supported as they begin to investigate a local soldier. Cemetery Visit and Follow-up sessions available. Read more...


Email Sarah Rooker at:  
  • We can tailor inquiry labs to meet your needs--one classroom, multiple classrooms; one visit, multiple visits.
  • We can treat a classroom visit as embedded professional development and meet with you or your team after school to review and plan continued lessons.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Summer 2017 Field Study on Immigration

Immigration in Vermont and New Hampshire

What can we learn from our history?

July 12 - 14, 2017

Spend three days with Flow of History exploring the theme of immigration in Vermont and New Hampshire. This commuting field study will take place at cultural sites in the region.

  • Take a food history tour and meet recent immigrants in Burlington, VT
  • Explore the immigrant experience at the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, NH
  • Spend time developing new lessons for the coming year
Registration Fee:  $450

2 Graduate Credits are available from Castleton State University: $250

Find out more at the Flow of History Summer Program Website

Summer Institute 2017

Reading and Writing about History with Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

June 26 - 29, 2017

"I feel as if I’ve been given the key to a locked box of town treasures. My town is so rich in history but I didn’t know how to locate and interpret the resources that are so readily available. I can’t wait to introduce them to my students."

Join Flow of History and author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock for four days of historical investigations and writer workshops that will help your students get excited about writing history and narratives.

This is a residential institute held in Grafton, Vermont.
  • Commuter Registration Fee: $500
  • Residential Registration Fee: $700 (add $140 for single room)
3 graduate credits are available from Castleton State University: $375

Limited scholarships are available.

Find out more at the Institute Website

Register Now   Last year this popular program had a waiting list!

With funding from The Windham Foundation