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History eNews from Emerging America - May 16, 2024

Published on Thu, 05/16/2024

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 11, Issue 5 for May 16, 2024

In this Issue

  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • May blog preview. 


Insights on Multilingual Learners from History and Social Studies Teachers

May Blog Post - Guest post by teacher and PLC leader Jacqueline LaFrance

A US flag, with words Garibaldi Guard above, and appeals in many languages for 250 men to join the Union Army

Neglected history can engage and enlighten all learners. A Union Army poster recruiting Italian, Hungarian, French and German immigrants sparks discussion in a classroom that includes multilingual learners. (c1863). New York Historical Society. 


Webinars and Conference Sessions from Emerging America 

See complete list of Upcoming Presentations, Past Recordings  and more.


  • Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms - Chicago History Museum
    • June 17 - virtual one-day workshop - including presentation on Disability in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era - Information


  • Landmark College Institute for Research and Training - Summer Institute for Educators

    • June 25-27, 2024 - Putney, Vermont - Register
    • The program includes a workshop led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America:
      • Disability History and Special Education.
    • The institute was established in 2001 to pioneer LD research, discover innovative strategies and practices, and improve teaching and learning outcomes for students with learning disabilities (like dyslexia), ADHA, and autism, and educators in high school and college settings.



In front of a hospital, a woman in street clothes wearing a medical mask and ID on a lanyard stands in front of a sign saying, "Heroes Work Here."
Image description: In front of a hospital, a woman in street clothes wearing a medical mask and a physician ID stands in front of a sign saying, "Heroes Work Here."

Dr. Susan Morelli, a neonatologist and geneticist, Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. (2019). From Doctoring: The Occupational Folklore of Physicians, Occupational Folklife Project, American Folklife Center (AFC 2019/030). Photograph by Kirsten Hepburn. (Recording: Library of Congress. 

New at the Library of Congress

What’s New? 


TPS Teachers Network - Teachers interested in working with primary sources are welcome to join this FREE network. You must log in to access discussions. 

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Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Political Parties and Primary Sources: Fostering Student Inquiry - Reading Complex Texts - Ten Ideas for Teaching with Graphs and Maps - The Role of Third Parties
  • Inventions and Innovations: Entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker
  • Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with the Library of Congress


Disability History Resources & Updates


Other Events

Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.


Other Resources


Blog Preview

Insights on Multilingual Learners from History and Social Studies Teachers

Guest post by Jacqueline LaFrance

Teacher and coordinator of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Professional Learning Community, Jacqui LaFrance shares key reflections and insights from a second year of discussion about the challenges and effective responses to teaching these diverse and engaging learners. [Continued…]

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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.