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Published September 16, 2021

This summer twenty-five scholars participated in the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning's fifth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath.  Participants met virtually, with pre-recorded video presentations by seventeen noted historians, art historians, and archivists representing the range of current work in the field. Scholars led presentations, discussions, and hands-on workshops that assessed how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and considered ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict.  Several live “Q&A” sessions featured nationally renown cultural institutions: American Antiquarian Society (Worcester,...Read more

Published September 15, 2021

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), an independent, non-partisan statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education has funded a three-year study led by the Educational Development Center in collaboration with ASHP/CML, WNET, and Electric Funstuff. The Mission US series is one of the most widely used supplemental history interventions in the country with over 100,000 registered teachers and more than three million student users. Over the past decade, small scale studies of the games provided evidence for positive effects on students' understanding of historical content and thinking skills, but the efficacy of Mission US series has...Read more

Published September 15, 2021

The sixth Mission US game, Prisoner in My Homeland, won the 2021 International Serious Play Awards: Gold Medal in the K-12 Education Category. This Mission follows the experiences of teenager Henry Tanaka, whose family is forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, WA, for a prison camp in Manzanar, CA. Players grapple with the choices and challenges faced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans as they coped with their unjust incarceration during World War II. As in the previous five missions, ASHP/CML developed the historical content for Prisoner in My Homeland in collaboration with academic advisors and Japanese...Read more

Published September 14, 2021

Over the summer ASHP/CML published a new collection on Social History for Every Classroom, our database of primary documents, classroom activities, and other teaching tools in U.S. history. “Military History and the LGBTQ+ Community”( explores the multitude of ways members of the LBGTQ+ community impacted and were affected by service in the United States military. Primary sources in the collection span almost the whole of U.S. history, from an excerpted letter by Alexander Hamilton to fellow Revolutionary War soldier John Laurens, to the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy in the 1990s. The sources are supplemented by...Read more

Published September 14, 2021

This semester ASHP/CMLwelcomes Maggie Schreiner as our new graduate assistant. Maggie is a first year PhD student in History at The Graduate Center. Maggie has over a decade of experience working in archives and public history settings, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Archives and Public History program at NYU. Maggie's current research explores queer and trans activist responses to the housing crisis, homophobia, and AIDS during the 1980s.  As a graduate assistant, Maggie will help plan the NEH Summer Institute on LGBTQ+ History and continue production of the podcast series.Read more

Published September 14, 2021

We are pleased to announce that David Scheckel has joined ASHP as our new office administrator. David has just moved to New York upon finishing his Master's in Public Policy this summer at Northeastern University. Along with academic interests in urban planning and policy, he has spent much of his time political organizing in his college's DSA chapter and short-filmmaking with the TV production club. Growing up in New Jersey, David had always dreamed of one day moving to NYC and is ecstatic for all the opportunities here!Read more

Published September 13, 2021

On October 27, ASHP/CML will co-sponsor an event organized by the PublicsLab, featuring Anna Malaika Tubbs for a discussion of her groundbreaking and critically acclaimed book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. In this “dynamic blend of biography and manifesto” (The New Yorker), Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes. The author speaks with Robyn C. Spencer, professor of history at the CUNY Graduate Center and Lehman College and author of The Revolution has Come: Black...Read more

Published September 9, 2021

In August, ASHP/CML was notified that it was selected to receive a $190,000 NEH grant to coordinate a summer institute focused on LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States. The two-week summer institute will take place at the Graduate Center in July 2021, bringing together about two dozen middle and high school teachers for an immersive learning experience. The institute will cover historical content, introduce primary sources useful for the study of LGBTQ+ history, and create an opportunity for educators to discuss pedagogy. After the institute, ASHP/CML will create a digital resource with primary sources and curriculum materials that can be shared with other teachers.

The summer institute builds on ASHP/CML's...Read more

Published January 29, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Humanities New York has awarded ASHP/CML a grant of $5,000 for Spaces, Places, and Faces: Exploring Queer Public History. The grant will be used to research and develop a podcast series that looks at how the work of historians, activists, educators, and archivists have preserved and reclaimed the telling of LGBTQ+ history. ASHP/CML will produce two episodes to air in fall 2021 and script four additional episodes in the series.

Spaces, Places, and Faces builds on ASHP/CML's recent work with the New York City Depatment of Education developing LGBTQ+ curriculum for grades 4-12. The podcasts are designed for a broad public audience of classroom educators,...Read more

Published January 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected teaching and learning throughout New York City. With public school closures due to the virus, K-12 educators have been forced to reimagine their teaching styles to accommodate for the new reality of remote learning. In order to help ease this transition, ASHP/CML and other organizations have been working with the New York City Department of Education’s social studies curriculum team to develop online U.S. history lessons. We are using the DOE’s existing history resources––many of them previously created by and/or sourced from ASHP materials––as guidance as we translate in-person lessons into digital units. To...Read more