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Published June 30, 2015

On July 13, 1865, in a spectacular fire witnessed by thousands of New Yorkers, P. T. Barnum’s American Museum in downtown Manhattan mysteriously burned to the ground. The five-story building on Broadway and Ann Street—called “the most visited place in America”—had housed a continuing array of artifacts, oddities, productions, and creatures since its opening in 1841. This July, to mark the 150th anniversary of the destruction of Barnum’s American Museum, the award-winning Lost Museum website (http://lostmuseum.cuny.edu/), first launched by American Social History Project in 2000, will re-launch in a new, enhanced format with larger graphics, clearer navigation, and with full access for the many tablets and devices that now connect to the Internet.Read more

Published May 4, 2015

Bridging Historias: Latino/a History and Culture in the Community College Classroom will culminate its two-year National Endowment for the Humanities-funded program with a one-day conference featuring top scholars and innovative pedagogy. This event, sponsored by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, comes at an opportune moment when much-needed attention is being given to the importance of community colleges and to the Latino community. In addition to a keynote address by Vicki Ruiz (Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine) on relevant recent scholarship, conference presenters will address institutional policies and pedagogical approaches that support Latino Studies...Read more

Published March 10, 2015

In May 2014, Leah Potter departed ASHP-CML to begin work at Electric Funstuff, our game design partners on the Mission US series of online games. Leah made substantial contributions to ASHP-CML’s history education and professional development work, playing a central role in the design and implementation of our Teaching American History professional development programs, HERB: Social History for Every Classroom website, and Who Built America Badges for History Education online professional development program. She will be sorely missed, though we are glad to continue our collaboration with her on Mission U.S.

Published March 10, 2015

February 11, 2015 marked the launch of the fourth Mission US digital role-playing game. This series of free online games is created to engage middle and high school students in the exploration and understanding of U.S. history. “City of Immigrants” supports the study of immigration, the labor movement, and cultural identity in the American History curriculum. Players take on the role of Lena Brodsky, a Russian Jewish teen who has immigrated to New York City in 1907. As Lena makes the Lower East Side her home, she struggles to help support her family and finds herself in the middle of the growing...Read more

Published March 10, 2015

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The CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) is an open, participatory, digital repository and portal that gives the CUNY community and the broader public online access to a range of archival materials related to the history of the City University of New York. This effort involves coordination and collaboration with college libraries and archives that house significant historical collections. The CDHA will conduct and collect oral history interviews as well as accept historical materials and records...Read more
Published March 10, 2015

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Historian Martha Biondi of Northwestern University will discuss her work on the Black Power movements on campuses across the country and the rise of African-American Studies programs. Her research includes case studies of several universities, including CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Thursday, April 30, 2015 6 – 8 pm, Skylight Room, 9th Floor of The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.Read more
Published March 10, 2015

Bridging Historias: Latino/a History and Culture in the Community College Classroom
Friday, May 8, 2015 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Since fall 2013, ASHP-CML has been working with thirty-eight community college faculty and administrators to assist them in incorporating material on Latino history and culture into their community college curricula. This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us for an exciting culminating full-day conference,...Read more

Published March 10, 2015

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ASHP-CML has been partnering with the Education Development Center to develop Zoom In, an online platform to support literacy-rich instruction in history classrooms. For its first large-scale field study this school year, Zoom In is recruiting and building cohorts of teachers throughout the country and is interested in enrolling history teachers who would like to incorporate new technologies into their classrooms.

For more information on Zoom In, and if you are interested in piloting the program, visit zoomin.cct.edc.org or contact Noah...Read more

Published March 10, 2015

During two weeks in July, the American Social History Project-Center for Media and Learning hosted a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War” at the CUNY Graduate Center and cultural institutions in the New York area. The 2014 institute built on the work established in our 2012 NEH Civil War Summer Institute.

Attended by thirty NEH Summer Scholars from colleges and universities across the country, the institute featured presentations, discussions, visits to local archives and museums, and hands-on workshops that focused on the era’s visual media to assess how information and opinion...Read more

Published March 10, 2015
Cake baked by TAH teacher Eve Creary for final TAH seminar on August 19, 2014

On August 19, 2014, ASHP-CML led its final Teaching American History (TAH) professional development workshop, hosted by the Museum of the City of New York. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the TAH program directed significant resources toward professional development for K-12 teachers of U.S. History around the country. This funding enabled ASHP-CML and many other cultural and university partners to work with local school districts and teachers.

Our first TAH workshop took place in Staten...Read more

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