Monday, August 14, 2017

Workshop: Town Meeting Then and Now

Date: November 13, 2017

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

Registration Fee: $100

Have you been trying to figure out how to connect Civics to Vermont History? Join us for a 2-part after-school 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 Summer Institute

History, Race, and Inclusive Education

Dates: June 26 - 29, 2018
Location: Grafton, VT
Registration Fee: to be determined

2018 Field Studies

Field Study: Overnight at Plimoth Plantation

Date: May 18 - 19 or May 19 - 20, to be determined
Location: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA
Registration Fee: $300

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: Windsor, VT
Registration Fee: $450 (2 graduate credits available for additional fee)

Day 1: Take a critical look at Vermont's Constitution and what it says about slavery and consider the case of Windsor slave, Dinah Jacobs. Tour the American Precision Museum and learn how Windsor armed the Union.

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.

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 

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