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U.S. agency honors teachers; Selected as scholars for history workshops.

NORTHBRIDGE - Karen Guerin and Stephanie Bentley, two teachers from Northbridge High School, have been selected as National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.

Ms. Guerin will participate in a workshop titled "Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad." The one-week program will be held in New Bedford in historic 19th century buildings and is directed by Dr. Timothy Walker.

Ms. Bentley will participate in a workshop titled "USS Constitution & the War of 1812." The one-week program will be held at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston and is directed by Sarah Watkins, director of Collections and Learning, and Rebecca Crawford, manager of Academic and Family Programs.

The 80 teachers selected to participate in each program receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study and living expenses. The approximately 1,680 teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 210,000 American students the following year.

Topics for the 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer include the American skyscraper; the Civil Rights movement; the Erie Canal; African-American artisans, entrepreneurs, and abolitionists; exploration of U.S. Pacific coast; the Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; early California settlement; Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School; Gullah culture; the Shakers; the Hudson River in American history; the Industrial Revolution; Zora Neale Hurston; colonial New England; Mississippi Delta history and culture; mining in the Far West; the Underground Railroad; Kentucky during the Civil War; the transcontinental railroad; and the War of 1812.
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Date:May 24, 2013
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