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Educator Workshop: Primary Sources in the Classroom

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

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Educator Workshop: Primary Sources in the Classroom: Abolition and the Underground Railroad

$100 per person

Registration fee includes keynote lecture, all workshop sessions, and two lunches.

Each summer the Boston Athenæum holds a workshop for educators on expanding the use of visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching. This year's workshop will focus on primary sources related to the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, using the Harriet Hayden Albums as a starting point.

Workshop participants engage in a combination of group and individual activities, including an introduction to the Athenæum and its resources, using primary sources for inquiry-based learning, methods for discovering and selecting primary sources, and developing new strategies for employing primary sources.

We plan to hold this year's workshop in person with appropriate public health measures in place, including social distancing and masking. Only the keynote lecture on Tuesday, July 13, will be held virtually.

Our schedule will be:

  • Tuesday, July 13, 6-7 pm | Keynote lecture by Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson (virtual)
  • Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 am—5 pm | Workshop sessions
  • Thursday, July 15, 8:30 am—5 pm | Workshop sessions
  • Friday, July 16, 10:30 am — 3:30 pm | Optional research and writing day

The workshop is open to classroom teachers of all grades, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators. Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions.

Licensed Massachusetts educators receive at least 20 Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.

Please contact Director of Education Hannah Weisman at or 617-720-7617 with questions or to request accommodations.

"Primary Sources in the Classroom" is sponsored in part by Taylor Mudge through the Mudge Fellowship Program. Participating educators are designated as Mudge Education Associates.

Special thanks to Boston University Center for the Humanities for supporting the workshop through PhD Graduate Internships in the Humanities.

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Auto-generated captions are available for most virtual programs. To request live captioning or other accommodations, please contact Hannah Weisman at or 617-720-7617 at least four business days prior to the event.