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Teaching Hidden Histories: Reexamining the American Revolution Through Multiple Local Lenses

April 6 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Join Us!
Saturday, April 6, 2024
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
St. John’s Prep, Kenneally Commons, Danvers

Space is limited. Registration required HERE.

PDPs for Educators Offered! All are welcome.

Essex Heritage invites you to a FREE workshop. Youth in the region are asking their teachers for a more accurate and honest portrayal of U.S. History and how events impacted ALL of the people that live in America. Using primary sources from institutions throughout Essex County, local educators, historians and scholars will help us reexamine the American Revolution through the lens of women, Black and Indigenous people.

  • What is the current interpretation of the American Revolution in our regional public history and educational programming?
  • What are the stories related to these topics that our institutions are not telling, especially as it relates to women, Black and Indigenous people’s perspectives?
  • How has commemoration of the American Revolution celebrated and perpetuated traditional narratives about the Revolution in our area? How has it invited us to consider other narratives?
  • What strategies can we use to teach and interpret a more inclusive understanding about this history, especially as we approach the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution?

Participants will consider these and other questions through educator facilitated activities, critical discussions and a panel presentation moderated by Dr. Bethany Jay, Professor at Salem State University and editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, 2016.

Panelists and contributors include:

  • Toni Waldron, Educator, Royall House and Slave Quarters, Medford
  • Jeanne Pickering, Historian and Vice President, Topsfield Historical Society
  • Pamela Ellis, Tribal Historian and Genealogist, Natick Nipmuc Indian Council
  • Maryann Zujewski, Education Program Manager, National Park Service
  • Lauren McCormack, Director, Marblehead Museum
  • Lou Meyi, Marblehead Racial Justice Team
  • Brian Sheehy, History Department Coordinator, North Andover Public Schools
  • Charlie Newhall, History Teacher, St. John’s Prep, Danvers
  • Zhane Burton, Teacher, Prospect Hill School
  • Lucy Keller, Research Coordinator, Historic Beverly
  • Beth Bower, Trustee, Historic Beverly
  • Cathy Kelley, Education Manager, Cape Ann Museum
  • Christopher Locke, Collections Manager, Lynn Museum/LynnArts
  • Jonathan Streff, Teacher, St. John’s Prep

Our generation, especially as people of color, black kids, we have a hunger to see ourselves represented in our communities, in the media and in our classrooms and the spaces around us.
– Vanessa Basame, Student, Co-President, Masconomet Regional High School ACE Club 2023

An effective history and social science education incorporates diverse perspectives and acknowledges that perceptions of events are affected by race, ethnicity, culture, religion, education, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and personal experience.
-Guiding Principle 2 for Effective History and Social Science Education Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for History and Social Science, 2018

This program is part of Essex County Revolution 250.
Essex County Revolution 250 is an initiative of Essex Heritage in partnership with Massachusetts Rev250 and dozens of regional museums, heritage sites, and organizations, with the intention of raising awareness and highlighting the diverse stories of Essex County, Massachusetts residents, free and unfree, during the American Revolutionary period. For more information visit essexheritage.org/rev250


St. John’s Prep
72 Spring Street
Danvers, MA 01923 United States
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