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Educator Workshop: Primary Sources in the Classroom

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 6:00pm to Friday, August 12, 2022 - 5:00pm


Early Bird Registration (until July 1) | $100
Registration (beginning July 2) | $125

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

Online registration is available until 4 pm on August 5. Please call 617-720-7216 with registration requests after online registration closes.

Two women and a man huddle around an open book on a table.Educator Workshop: Primary Sources in the Classroom: Active Citizenship

Each summer the Boston Athenæum holds a workshop for educators on expanding the use of visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching. This summer we'll explore the topic of active citizenship, using documents and images to study civics, community engagement, and social activism throughout US history.

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.

Our schedule will be:

  • Tuesday, August 9, 6-7 pm | Keynote lecture (virtual, on Zoom)
  • Wednesday, August 10, 9 am—5 pm | Workshop sessions
  • Thursday, August 11, 9 am—5 pm | Workshop sessions
  • Friday, August 12, 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.