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Plimoth Plantation Hosts National Teacher Workshop Through a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant; Workshops Feature Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Authors and Renowned Presenters.

PLYMOUTH, Mass., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Plimoth Plantation, the non-profit living-history museum that recreates the 17th- century life of the indigenous Wampanoag and the European colonists (Pilgrims), today announced that it has received a Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Teachers grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The program, which concludes it's third session this week, brings together more than 150 elementary and secondary teachers from around the country, with eminent professors, authors and Native American scholars as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning historians such as Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor; James Duncan Phillips, Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University; and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, also of Harvard, author and historian, well-known for her books A Midwife's Tale and Good Wives.

The Workshops, entitled Encounters and Change: Expanding Perspectives on Natives and Colonists in 17th-Century Plymouth offer intensive study about the Wampanoag People, the 17th-century new world colonists and the groups' co- existence then and now.

According to Plimoth Plantation Executive Director Nancy Brennan, the Workshops were created to help teachers with a particularly complicated and typically oversimplified period of history. "The years from about 1550 to 1700 irrevocably altered the worlds of Europeans and Native Peoples. Its legacies include many of America's essential attributes and persistent problems. Compared to other eras, however, there are few primary sources and the ones that are available are difficult to interpret. Our goal is to help teachers understand these sources better, to introduce them to new sources of information, and to provide them with resources to teach about this period with all of its complexities and nuances."

Conference co-directors are Jonathan Chu, Associate Dean, Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Kim Van Wormer, Director of Education, Plimoth Plantation.

Other renowned professors, authors, scientists and historians who are leading presentations during the week-long workshops are:
 -- Marge Bruchac, Missisquoi Abenaki, scholar, performer, writer, and
 museum consultant; doctoral candidate, University of Massachusetts,
 Amherst
 -- Linda Coombs, associate director, Wampanoag Indigenous Program, Plimoth
 Plantation
 -- Alfred W. Crosby, professor emeritus of American Studies, University of
 Texas, Austin
 -- Walter Echohawk, senior staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund,
 Boulder, Colorado
 -- Nancy Eldredge, Wampanoag education manager, Plimoth Plantation
 -- Karin Goldstein, curator of originals, Plimoth Plantation
 -- Russell Handsman, director, National Science Foundation Project in
 Informal Science, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
 -- Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver professor of History, New York
 University
 -- Joan Lester, lecturer in American Studies, Tufts University,
 -- Ramona Peters (Nosapocket), Mashpee Wampanoag; archivist and
 Coordinator, Wampanoag Confederation Repatriation Project; Councilor to
 the Chief, Mashpee Wampanoag; and contributing author to Spirit of New
 England Tribes
 -- Richard Pickering, doctoral candidate, University of Connecticut
 -- Neal Salisbury, Ph.D., professor of history and Chairman, Department of
 History, Smith College
 -- David Silverman, assistant professor of history, George Washington
 University
 -- Tall Oak, Mashintucket Pequot and Wampanoag lecturer, artist and
 speaker
 -- Walter Woodward, state historian of Connecticut; associate professor of
 history, University of Connecticut




"We are extremely pleased to have been selected as one of 17 sites nationwide by the NEH to offer these teacher workshops and further enlighten educators to 17th Century

Plymouth's central role in American history," said Kim VanWormer, director of Education for Plimoth Plantation. "Participating teachers are expanding their knowledge of, and insight into, 17th-century Patuxet (Plymouth), the Wampanoag homeland, and sparking new ideas of how to apply this learning to their classrooms."

In addition to the distinguished presenters above, Plimoth Plantation Education staff is leading workshops and guided tours throughout the museum and Mayflower II, Historical dramas, hands-on history experiences, and a 17th- century period dining experience compliment the scholarly presentations.

The NEH established the grant program as part of the We the People initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

Plimoth Plantation is a private, non-profit education institution supported by admission fees, contributions, memberships, function sales and revenue from dining program services and museum shops. The museum receives support from private foundations, corporations, local business and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information visit http://www.plimoth.org/.

For more information or to register to attend a Teacher Workshop, please contact:
 Linda Pendergast-Savage
 Pendergasting Consulting
 508-224-7905
 lsavage@adelphia.net



CONTACT: Linda Pendergast-Savage of Pendergasting Consulting, +1-508-224-7905, lsavage@adelphia.net

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