Monday, February 11, 2013

Summer Institute in Lowell and Sturbridge

Join us for our Summer 2013 Institute in Lowell and Sturbridge!

Monday, July 8, 2013
Introductions at Old Sturbridge Village

Theme: The American Industrial Revolution unfolded incrementally, making it an evolution rather than a revolution

Events include historian lecture and dinner at Old Sturbridge Village.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Comparing Farm and Factory Life – A Field Study at Old Sturbridge Village

Theme:  The rural villages and farms where most Americans lived and worked in the early 19th century were in contrast to the city of Lowell with its great brick mills and boarding houses.

Events include: Touring Old Sturbridge Village with primary source analysis; hands-on craft opportunities; travel to Lowell and check-in to hotel; dinner on your own.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Power of Water

Theme:  Rushing water was the lifeblood of America’s early industrial revolution.  At a bend in the Merrimack River, bold men of vision captured this water power and built the most advanced power system in the world in its day.

Events include: Historian lectures, hands-on water power workshop, mill and canal tour, the power of simple machines. Dinner provided at a historic restaurant.

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Market Volatility, Competition and Worker Responses to the New Industrial Order

ThemeDuring the Industrial Revolution, control over the workplace generally shifted from the workers to owners.  Due to volatility of the textile market and competition, labor conditions worsened and the workers organized and fought back.

Events include: Labor history lecture, hands-on assembly line workshop, primary source workshop using Vermont mill girl materials.  Evening boardinghouse dinner and dinner theater, “Three Mill Girls.”

Friday, July 12, 2013
Immigration and Industrialization
Theme: In many ways the real story of the Industrial Revolution is the story of its impact on the people who tended the machines. Due to the ever increasing demand for workers, Lowell quickly became home to many immigrants.

Events include: Panel discussion with recent immigrants to Lowell and tour of immigrant neighborhoods.  Institute ends at 3:30 p.m.

Meals & Lodging:
  • Breakfasts are on your own
  • All lunches are provided
  • One dinner is on your own
  • Lodging is at the new Old Sturbridge Village lodges and the UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center and is provided at no additional fee.

Registration and Fees:
There is a $250 registration fee. Scholarships are available for schools without professional development funds. First priority will be to teachers who signed up for this year’s Flow of History programming.

Three graduate credits in Education will be available at for a fee of $345 (there will be additional work and an August meeting for those taking the institute for graduate credit). 

Deadline for Registration, March 1, 2013

Under course name, type: Flow of History Summer Institute
Under location, enter Lowell
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2013
Questions or for Scholarship Information? Email Susan Leuchter:

No comments:

Post a Comment