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Published March 30, 2011

Check out the new design of our award-winning online gateway and resource for teaching the U.S. past, History Matters with improved navigation to get you to the site’s most popular and useful features and a less somber (New York black) appearance!Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In our second year of providing professional development to New York City public school teachers through the federally-funded Teaching American History initiative, ASHP/CML is conducting two large programs serving teachers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island (in addition to offering workshops through other TAH-funded projects). These programs have enabled ASHP/CML to undertake in-depth work with 80 middle and high school social studies teachers, challenging them to engage with broad historical questions and helping them to develop classroom materials appropriate to their students’ diverse needs.

Thomas Nast political cartoon, 1867.
A political cartoon by Thomas Nast published
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Published March 24, 2011

For the last few years, ASHP/CML has participated in a national education reform initiative focusing on improving student achievement in new small schools. Making Connections program has worked with new small public secondary schools in the Bronx to develop rigorous professional development models to enrich interdisciplinary humanities education. The program seeks to address some of the challenges facing new small schools such as sustaining effective learning communities, particularly with educators new to teaching.

Bronx New Small Schools teachers
Bronx New Small Schools teachers showcase activity examining race in U.S. history: (left to right, standing) John Murren
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Published March 24, 2011

The Lost Museum, ASHP/CML’s online re-creation of Barnum’s American Museum and introduction to mid-nineteenth-century U.S. history, won the Platinum Award for Interactive-Educational New Media at the 38th annual WorldFest Film Festival. Worldfest, one of the oldest competitive international media Festivals, was held in Houston, Texas, during the last week in April 2005. In April The Lost Museum also was the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award for excellence in interactive media production in the Horizon Interactive Awards competition.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Each year a committee of librarians from The New York Public Library selects reference books and websites to be designated “Best of Reference” based on their usefulness in local branch reference work. This year our History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web website was among the 25 recipients of this citation celebrated at a ceremony at NYPL’s Donnell Library Center on April 29th.

This is the second year an ASHP/CML online resource has been cited by the New York Public Library: The September 11 Digital Archive (also produced in collaboration with the Center for History and New...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Here at the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and challenging digital projects as well as devising critical and rigorous approaches to their use in classroom and other educational settings.

Now that the World Wide Web encompasses a good part of our activities, it is increasingly our most accessible public face. Since we began establishing our presence on the Web relatively early in the development of the Internet, that face has a habit of aging rather rapidly. As we update our website with new programming and content we realize a few short...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation awarded ASHP/CML a $30,000 grant in December 2004, to support a two-year education program for new small schools. The grant provides partial funding for a partnership between ASHP/CML and a consortium of eight new small theme-based schools in the Bronx, New York. ASHP/CML will provide sustained professional and curriculum development support to participating humanities teachers.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

The American Historical Association awarded the American Social History Project and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University the 2005 James Harvey Robinson Prize for our website History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. The Robinson Prize is awarded biennially for the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes. In the award program, the AHA lauded History Matters as “an incredibly rich and ‘user friendly’ web site” and as “a model of its kind.” This is...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP is pleased to welcome two new staff to our education programs this year. Abigail Sara Lewis began work as our Making Connections Coordinator in September 2004. Her previous work experience includes coordinating the High School Teachers Institute and other projects at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, as well as legislative project work for Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY). She is currently completing her dissertation on “The Young Women’s Christian Association and the Christian Foundation of Interracial Women’s Activism, 1940-1973″ at Rutgers University.

Leah Potter arrived in January 2005, to take on the position of Teaching American History Coordinator....Read more

Published March 24, 2011

For the past few summers, advanced undergraduate history students have worked with ASHP as researchers and writers on The Lost Museum and Who Built America? videos websites. This summer and through the fall ASHP will be producing a new Web project, the Young America: Experiences of Youth in U.S. History, and we welcome interns interested in social history, public history, new media, and the history of children and youth to participate. Interns conduct primary document research, timeline and bibliographic writing, and join the ASHP staff in planning, designing, and producing online teaching materials in U.S. history. Interested students should contact...Read more

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