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
ASHP/CML is pleased to announce the completion of The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum American Life and Culture, one of its most ambitious and innovative Web projects ever. Eight years in the making and almost 140 years after the fiery destruction of the original structure in lower Manhattan, The Lost Museum is an interactive re-creation of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, circa 1865. Barnum’s Museum, mid-nineteenth century America’s pre-eminent popular cultural institution, offered its visitors a cornucopia of attractions that merged entertainment and education and, often in odd but compelling ways, highlighted some of the major compromises, accommodations, and conflicts of...Read more
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
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
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
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
ASHP/CML is cosponsoring a series of three public programs at The Graduate Center on the history and ongoing struggle for academic freedom in the U.S.
Rehearsing for McCarthyism at City College
Friday, February 4, 4-6 pm
This session examines City College in the 1930s when students and faculty confronted the issues of free speech and academic freedom–culminating in the 1940-42 Rapp-Coudert hearings during which numerous faculty members were fired for “communist subversion.” Panelists: Paul Buhle, American Civilization, Brown University; Blanche W. Cook, History, The Graduate Center; Henry Foner,...Read more
In conjunction with David Jaffee of The City College of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, ASHP/CML was awarded a contract to produce “Lessons of History,” interactive classroom activities for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment website. Building on CUNY’s “Investigating U.S. History” project, ASHP/CML will work with teachers and scholars to create 24 interactive activities on Colonial America, the American Revolution and Constitution, FDR and the New Deal, and the 1960s to the 1980s. These new teaching resources will be available on the EDSITEment site in early 2007.Read more
In July ASHP/CML was a partner in two Teaching American History grants awarded to the New York City public schools by the U.S. Department of Education. ASHP/CML will be the lead partner working with middle and high school teachers in NYC’s Region 4, made up of schools in western Queens and the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. This program will provide teachers with a series of five day-long retreats, each featuring a noted historian and focused on a different topic in U.S. History, along with a week-long summer institute and ASHP curriculum materials. Other partners in the grant, who will host...Read more
Five aficionados of New York’s subterranean past will participate in a panel discussion that explores the history of the city’s literal “lower depths.” The participants include Julia Solis, author of New York Underground; Robert Sullivan, author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants; Chris Neville, lecturer for Place Matters on the Marble Cemetery; and Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall, authors of Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City. This free event, sponsored by ASHP/CML, The Gotham Center, City Lore, and the Continuing Education program will take place on Monday, October 4th,...Read more