African Americans in the Making of Early New England

An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop in Deerfield, Massachusetts, that was held In July, 2019. It will not be offered during the summer of 2020.

Presented by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, the African Americans in the Making of Early New England workshop places slavery in the north into the context of the history of colonial New England.

African Americans in the Making of Early New England will take place in the Old Deerfield Village Historic Landmark District and will focus on the 23 African American Historic sites in the District,  on Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, MA and on Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH which are also  National Historic Landmarks.  This workshop will bring together a wide range of primary resources— landscape, architecture, artifacts, documents, oral histories—along with secondary interpretations and lectures by specialists that will provide tools for K-12 educators to engage their students in learning about African Americans’ life experiences in early New England.

Comment on a previous workshop:

“One of the best NEH programs I’ve attended… It was incredibly well thought out, effectively presented, and enlightening”

The Deerfield Teachers’ Center was recognized with a National Leadership Award from the American Association of State and Local History and an Outstanding School Partner Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Our programs delve into topics presented by leading scholars in combination with sessions assisting teachers to integrate historical and cultural understandings into engaging and meaningful K-12 lessons. We invite you to come to Deerfield, Massachusetts, to explore the rich colonial history of the region through interactions with landscape, objects, images, documents, and Living History. We look forward to meeting you!

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.