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Rich Cairn, Project Director, has 32 years of state and national-level K-12 professional development experience. He earned a B.A. in American Studies at Yale and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. He has published dozens of curricula and instructional guides in varied media. Rich Cairn built Emerging America into a vital partnership of scholars, museums, and archives, and a cadre of vital K-12 teacher-leaders. He supported dozens of teacher-student teams to research and publish online community histories. In 2010, Emerging America joined the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium, training hundreds of teachers yearly.  He is adjunct Education and History faculty member at Westfield State University.

Kelley BrownMaster Teacher, teacher at Easthampton High School, will guide teachers to research and write curriculum for their classrooms. Since 2006, she has led teacher professional development programs for MA Department of Youth Services, Emerging America Teaching American History, and since 2011 for TPS. She was 2010 MA History Teacher of the Year.

Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell, will lay out the region’s outsized role in the Industrial Revolution. He will draw on his published research on the metals industry and deep experience as lead scholar for ten years of NEH Landmarks program at Tsongas Industrial History Center (Lowell). He will speak also about his many years as a Springfield machinist.

Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo, will present the workshop model of the arc of industrial rise, decline, and rebuilding. He will access his own research on Springfield and help guide teachers using digital tools to conduct research using images from the field.

Carrie Brown, cultural historian, museum curator (including on bicycles, early automobiles, the air age, women in industry, and impact of interchangeable parts), will speak about the groundbreaking opportunities for women in Armory-related manufacturers in WWI and WWII.  

Chris Clark, University of Connecticut will illustrate how dispersed rural capitalism grew into concentrated industrial landscape in the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Chris will deepen the picture by contrasting alternative, ideologically motivated models of development.

David Glassberg, UMass Amherst, will explore the impacts of industrialization on workers, especially on opportunities for African Americans and immigrants, and on the environment.  

Tom Goldscheider, David Ruggles Center, will help participants compare models of industrial development and of slavery through the lens of an abolitionist utopian industrial community.

Tom Kelleher, Chief Curator and Historian, will introduce Old Sturbridge Village, explaining the context in which the Industrial Revolution arose, and anticipating its many impacts.

Bruce Laurie, UMass Amherst, will place the planned city of Holyoke in context and discuss politics of the 19th century, including labor movements and conflicts with the slave economy.

Alex MacKenzie, Curator and Historian, Springfield Armory NHS will guide and interpret the Armory’s vast site and collection of 200 years of artifacts and documents.

Penni Martorell, Curator and City Historian, Wistariahurst, Holyoke, with the staff of the Holyoke Heritage Center will examine that planned industrial city, lead teachers through the house mansion, and engage them in the stories of workers, owners, and servants.  

Jim Terapane, Director, Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, and fifty-year machinist, will involve teachers with the tools and the machinists who create them.

Upcoming Workshops

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