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Published March 24, 2011

The Great Blizzard of 1888Virtual New York City continues to grow in size, and will be launching its second “Disaster” exhibit– “The Great Blizzard of 1888″– in December 2002. Nineteenth-century New York’s reaction to the Great Blizzard provides great insight into the city’s process of modernization. This natural disaster paralyzed the city for a week in March, and in the process of digging themselves out, New Yorkers realized some of the shortcomings of the city’s infrastructure. “The Great Blizzard of 1888″ features nearly one hundred fully-contextualized primary sources, including nearly seventy images and thirty...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 6–8PM
CUNY Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theater

The Civil War in New York imageNew York during the Civil War was the hub of the northern war effort and also a city at war with itself. Defined and divided by wealth and poverty, privilege and sacrifice, patriotism and dissent, and abolitionism and racism, it was a social and political powderkeg that finally exploded in the draft riots of July

1863. Novelist Kevin Baker, historian Jeanie Attie, and media producer Andrea Ades Vasquez will discuss and demonstrate the ways the...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

February 2003 — Using Oral History to Teach U.S. History with Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) as Guest Moderator

March 2003 — Teaching the U.S. Civil War with David Blight (Amherst College) as Guest Moderator

The discussions will focus on teaching these topics in the standard U.S. history survey course and suggestions for resources or strategies. Although the moderators will respond to questions and comments, we also hope that participants will respond to one another and continue the discussion after the guest moderator’s month.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Join expert presenters in an interdisciplinary dialogue about the “best practices” for integrating visual evidence, new media resources, and active learning pedagogy into classrooms where U.S. history and culture are taught.

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Learning to Look

Friday, March 7, 2003, 10AM to 1PM

Queens College

Dr. Joshua Freeman, professor of history, Queens College

Bound to Live: Imaging the Worker as Activist

Friday, April 11, 2003, 10AM to 1PM

The Graduate Center

Saverio Giovacchini, fellow, Warren Center for Studies in American History,...Read more

Published March 24, 2011
9-11 float from The September 11 Digital Archive
The September 11 Digital Archive records the diverse ways Americans have commemorated the attacks

Did you send an email to a friend or family member on September 11th? In the hours and days following the attacks, more than 100 million Americans did. As with so many materials registering the social and cultural experiences of ordinary Americans in the past, however, this ephemeral digital record might slip away from us, even after the passage of only a year. Responding to that possibility, ASHP/CML and the Center for History and New...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In July ASHP/CML launched the latest phase of its influential teaching-with-technology faculty development program, the New Media Classroom. Funded by NEH, “Learning to Look: Visual Evidence and the U.S. Past in the New Media Classroom” started as a one-week institute at the CUNY Graduate Center involving the directors of ten affiliated “regional centers” from Washington state to Massachusetts for hands-on study, application, and reflection on critical use of online archival images in teaching history and related humanities courses. Noted scholars of U.S. history and American Studies also took part, updating participants on ways visual resources reveal information about different historical...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In the past few years, master teachers of our NYC Making Connections program have been working with ASHP/CML educators to adapt some of our resources for ESL students. Based on four video documentaries, an ESL curriculum packet for secondary school humanities classrooms will be available in the fall. The packet includes adaptations of four video viewers’ guides: Daughters of Freemen, Five Points, 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation, and Up South. In addition, instructional techniques for advancing students’ literacy skills were developed on a range of topics covered in the videos including, immigration/migration, labor, industrialization, urban life, and race.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

ASHP/CML Executive Director Joshua Brown’s social history of the nineteenth-century U.S. illustrated press, Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America, was published by University of California Press in August.

The book will also be released in electronic format as part of the American Council of Learned Societies’ History E-Book Project.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Josh Brown
ASHP/CML's The Lost Museum was featured at a presentation at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.
Josh Brown was a member of the American Studies Association delegation to the June 2002 Japanese Association for American Studies annual conference at Meiji University in Tokyo. He presented a paper, “From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the 19th and 21st Centuries,” at a conference session devoted to “Technology and Society,” reflecting on ASHP/CML’s digital work over the last ten years and its impact on the design and accessibility of new media history. During...Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Fall 2002

September 2002 — Feminist Movements in U.S. History with Estelle Freedman (Stanford University) as Guest Moderator

October 2002 — Using Material Culture to Teach U.S. History with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University) as Guest Moderator

November 2002 — History of Early Settlement in the U.S. with Alan Taylor (University of California, Davis) as Guest Moderator

The discussions will focus on teaching these topics in the standard U.S. history survey course and suggestions for resources or strategies. Although the moderators will respond to questions and comments, we also hope that participants will respond to one another and...Read more