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Citizenship, Property, Identity, and Representation: The Historical Journey of Southern New England's Native Peoples
Teaching American History Grant


The focus of this weeklong summer institute is on Indian/White relations in Nineteenth Century America.

Dates: July 13 . 17, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. . 3 p.m.
Place: American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA

Our institute scholars, Dr. Nancy Shoemaker (University of Connecticut, Storrs) and Dr. Thomas Doughton (Holy Cross) will cover the removals of Indian peoples from both national and regional perspectives. Participants will also be able to explore the vast resources of the American Antiquarian Society and listen to presentations by the AAS curatorial and educational staffs. We will consider the issue of the "disappearance" of Native Americans from New England and elsewhere during the course of the nineteenth century from both the Indian perspective and the dominant society.s perspective. The presence of Indians in the economy (men from specific communities in the whaling industry) and Indian artwork (highly crafted baskets and other wares) is clear evidence of their continuing presence. On the other hand, widespread looting of Indian burial sites and collection of artifacts by scholars and amateurs from the dominant community proceeded from the assumption of Indian disappearance. During the course of the institute we will uncover the historiographical, sociological, and personal experiences of the Indian and white communities, both national and regional, in the 19th century in reference to the main themes of the project: citizenship, property, identity, and representation. The aim of the Institute will be to translate this often complex and contradictory material into useable classroom lessons that match state and national curriculum frameworks. Participants may also take this for graduate credit through Worcester State College. For additional information please see

Interested teachers in grades 5- 12 should contact Project Director John Daly (774) 696-4184 or by e-mail: Enrollment deadline is June 15, 2009.

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Visit the grant's website at http://www.teachingamerican

Summer institutes occur during the third week of July in each of the Project Years: 2008, 2009, 2010.

For more information, contact:
James David Moran
Director of Outreach
American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA 01609