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Educator Workshops

Primary Sources in the Classroom

Each summer the Boston Athenæum holds a workshop for educators on expanding the use of visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching. The workshop, designed primarily for teachers of students in grades 5 through 12, is of value to and open to educators of all grade levels, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators.

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

The Boston Athenæum is a Professional Development Provider as recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Licensed Massachusetts educators receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.


July 15 to 17, 2020

$75 per person

Registration is now open

As part of the Boston Athenæum's year-long program series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the 2020 workshop will focus on materials related to women's history from the Revolutionary War through World War I.


6 to 7 pm
Wednesday, July 15
Keynote Lecture: Allison K. Lange, Ph.D.
8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday, July 16
Workshop Day One
8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday, July 17
Workshop Day Two


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.

The registration fee includes all workshop sessions and lunch on Thursday and Friday.

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


Past Workshop

July 11-12, 2019

The 2019 workshop used the Athenæum’s exceptional collections of Civil War-related materials to demonstrate and allow participants to develop a range of methods for reading, analyzing, and implementing the use of primary sources.

"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 at the Boston Athenæum and receive a one-year Athenæum membership.

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