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2006 Summer Institutes

Due to the nature of the Teaching American History Grant, there is only enough funding to pay for twenty teachers to take each offered course/institute. Millbury and Sutton are allotted two spots each for each offering. In the event that either district opts not to utilize one or both spots for a particular offering, the spot(s) will go back to Worcester. Since the number of participants in the program is limited, preference will be given in the following order: people enrolled in the M.Ed. History program through TAH at Worcester State College, high school teachers who teach United States History, grade 3 and 5 teachers who teach Massachusetts/US History, and then other teachers who have applied.

Because participants can only use up to 21 credits of history courses from the TAH grant towards the M.Ed. program offered by Worcester State College (the additional 12 credits for the degree are specific classes required by WSC), people who need the 21 credits will get preference over people who have already earned 21 credits through the TAH grant.

Each institute is worth 3 graduate credits through Worcester State College. The TAH grant will pay for the credits earned by the participant for each institute, and books and other readings will be supplied. Accepted participants will receive more information.

The Declaration of Independence
Led by Dr. Jay Fliegelman from Stanford University
June 26-30, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Held at the American Antiquarian Society

This institute will explore the Declaration of Independence in conversation with Americans across the history of the country. Beginning with colonists and ending with contemporary Americans, participants will trace how the precursors of the document and how the document echoes throughout a variety of writings, from Cotton Mather to Henry David Thoreau, Judith Sargent Murry to Martin Luther King, Jr. Where did the ideas reflected in the Declaration come from? What are the relationships between the Declaration of Independence and each generation of Americans? How has it been interpreted and reinterpreted by different people at different times? And how do historians and literary scholars make sense of these conversations? Participants will read a wide range of primary source documents in order to find answers to these questions, as well as monographs by Fliegelman, Michael Kammen, and Pauline Maier.


The Constitution and The Federalist
Led by Dr. Donald R. Brand from the College of the Holy Cross
August 21-25, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Held at the College of the Holy Cross

This course will provide an overview of the American Constitution and its authoritative explication in The Federalist. We will examine the historical context in which the Constitution was drafted, the Constitutional Convention, the ratification debates, and the text of the Constitution. We will devote particular attention to a close reading of Federalist 10 and Federalist 51, but will also deal with other important papers in The Federalist. We will be examining selected excerpts from Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, selected writings of the Anti-federalists, and selected excerpts from the ratification debates, most notably the debates here in Massachusetts. The following questions will be addressed: What is the relationship of the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence? How democratic is the American Constitution? What is the relationship of slavery to the American Constitution? What were the conceptions of human nature that influenced the American Founding? How did the American Framers understand the principle of separation of powers and checks and balances? Is the Constitution a living document, and what role was assigned to the judiciary in interpreting the Constitution? What is the relationship of religion to the American Constitution?


Applications are due by May 1, 2007


Print an application (as a Word document)

For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]

Preference will be given to teachers from the Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on a waiting list.

TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars, and Summer Institutes, 2006-2008



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