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 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Full 2016 - 2017 Calendar of Workshops 

November 9 & 30, 2016: Immigration Workshop
Hartford, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. $100

December 6: Immigration Workshop
Dummerston, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  $150

January 24: Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom
Dummerston, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  $150

January 30: Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom
Claremont, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  $150

February 7: Civics & Social Welfare
Windsor, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  $150


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom

The History Behind the Story

In this day-long session, teachers will investigate primary sources connected to picture books on Abenaki and early settlement history of the region. Brush up on your early settlement era knowledge, learn strategies for helping students investigate primary sources, and develop writing tasks directly connected to the Common Core. Teachers will leave with primary source packets connected to each picture book. The day will focus on three topics:

The Abenaki
In Malian's Song, by Marge Bruchac, a young Abenaki girl recounts the 1759 English attack on her village. This session will use maps and early documents to explore the relationships between the Abenaki and English settlers.

Early Settlement
Giants in the Land, by Diana Applebaum, tells the story of the giant pines used for masts for the Royal Navy in the days of early settlement. Tricking the Tallyman, by Jacqueline Davies, is set in 1790 and tells the story of the dilemmas of the tallyman who must deliver a count of the citizens of Tunbridge, Vermont. In this session we will look at town charters, maps, and the first United States Census to understand settlement issues in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Early Farming and Industrialization
Bobbin Girl, by Emily McCully, is the tale of a mill girl in 1830s Lowell, Massachusetts. Donald Hall's The Ox-Cart Man reveals the rhythms of the agricultural year and economy. This session will explore the lives of New Hampshire and Vermont children and their experiences on the farm and in the mills through letters, photographs, farmer's almanacs and other sources.

Cost: $150

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Dates and Locations:

January 24, 2017: The Learning Collaborative, Dummerston, VT
January 30, 2017: Sugar River Development Center, Claremont, NH


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 - 2017 Civic Conversations Program

Winter 2017
Civic Conversations and a Social Welfare Case Study

Offered in two locations, this workshop will begin with an overview of Project-Based Learning and how to integrate it into the history or social studies classroom through an investigation of issues our communities prioritized and grappled with at Town Meeting in the past. We will think about how those issues connect to our communities today. Examples include civic duty, separation of church and state, and going to war. If possible, primary sources will be drawn from the communities of teachers who register.

The second part of the day will explore a social welfare case study to learn more about poor farms and social welfare in our region's past. We will analyze primary sources such as poor farm records, the census, and other town sources to find the history behind the story of Jip, by Katherine Paterson. We will discuss how one teacher is developing a project-based learning investigation using these materials. There will be time to brainstorm project ideas for your own students.

Cost: $150

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dates and Locations:

February 7, 2017: Windsor Welcome Center, Windsor, VT


Fall 2016
Immigration in History: Flash Points and Local Connections

Immigration has become a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential contest. What public policy options make the most sense? Do we want to place restrictions on immigration? What should be done about the millions of people who now live in the US illegally, without documentation? Who should get to decide? Join us for two after-school sessions in Hartford:

November 9, 2016
Immigration Flash Points in US History
Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This session will focus on significant episodes in American history when immigration was especially controversial. We will analyze political cartoons and learn how to find them at the Library of Congress.

November 30, 2016
Immigration in this Region
Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn how to use the census, historical newspapers, and other primary sources to investigate immigration and ethnic history of the Upper Valley region. Who came here and where did they come from? How were they received? Did they persist in the community? What institutions did they build? What did they contribute and do we benefit from those contributions today?

Cost: $100 for this two-session after-school series.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall Immigration Workshop

Immigration in American History

Immigration has become a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential contest, in the contexts of economics, national security, and federalism. Indeed, immigration has long been a controversial aspect of American politics. This daylong workshop will explore both immigration flashpoints in American history, and the immigrant and ethnic profiles of our communities in Vermont and New Hampshire. You'll have time to work on developing your own classroom activity or lesson plan.

Date: December 6, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Register at the Vermont Learning Collaborative


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spring 2016 Programs

Historical Maps 2.0: Using GIS in the Classroom to Promote Historical Thinking
Sugar River Professional Development Center
Claremont, NH
  • March 3    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide an overview of online sources of historical maps and how to create and use maps to develop end enhance historical thinking skills. Compare before and after scenarios, mark change over time in a series of maps, give a tour of places/features with shared characteristics, explore a particular problem in depth. This workshop will explore the basics of building story maps and the different ways to display your information using publicly accessible Story Maps.

Nature’s Fury
Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 

Dummerston, VT
  • March 29   8:30 - 3:00
Large-scale current events are rooted in historical patterns of human adaptability. After a presentation about human response to major weather events in the past, participants will explore relevant primary sources and learn how to find primary sources at the Library of Congress website, using climate change as an example. They will have work time to explore the LOC and begin developing a classroom activity on a grade-appropriate topic.