La Salle University has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks grant that will bring seventy-two teachers from across the United States to Philadelphia this summer. NEH summer scholars will participate in graduate-level programming to explore “Benjamin Franklin and the Americans,” an intensive, immersive humanities experience that delves into the society and culture of eighteenth-century Anglo-America.
The two one-week workshops will take place July 3-8, 2016, and July 10-15, 2016, at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall and at historic sites and libraries around Philadelphia. Teachers will study with major scholars of early America, visit sites that Franklin knew, peruse documents in Franklin’s own handwriting, and experience the host of historic opportunities Philadelphia has to offer in the weeks surrounding Independence Day.
In addition to the project directors, George Boudreau, a La Salle history professor, and Carol S. Baldridge, Teaching Franklin lecturers will include Zara Anishanslin, Julianne Baird, Stuart Leibiger, Judith Van Buskirk, David Waldstreicher, and Michael Zuckerman. Other presentations will feature the staffs of some of America’s preeminent libraries, museums, and archives.
The Teaching Franklin workshops will train teachers to understand early American and the Atlantic World and to make use of historic sites as teaching tools, while at the same time make information available to all teachers through the Internet. The project’s website gives teachers throughout the United States and around the world access to lesson plans, original sources, images of the founding era, and other materials.
Application deadline is March 1, 2016. For application requirements, or to see the full listing of summer 2016 NEH workshops, visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.