Schedule of Events

June 20-24, 2011 and June 27-July 1, 2011

Participants are expected to attend all events over the course of the five days of the workshop.

Sunday- Arrival, Check-in, and Registration at Student Village,  33 Harry Agganis Way Boston, MA

3:00-7:00pm:   Registration and check in for those staying at 33 Harry Agganis Way

Monday – Introduction to the African American Community in Massachusetts

The workshop will open on Monday with a welcome address from Workshop Director, Linda Heywood who will welcome our Summer Scholars and present an introduction to the general themes and timeline for the week.  Dr. Hardin Coleman, Dean of the Boston University School of Education, and Christine Baron will then provide an introduction to the pedagogical goals of the program and will introduce teachers to the School of Education faculty who will be leading their small group discussions. Dr. Linda Heywood and Dr. John Thornton, Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University, will present their research on the early presence of African Americans in Massachusetts from the slave trade through the early 19th century. A visit to Brookline’s Old Burying Ground with a walking tour led by Barbara Brown, Outreach Director, African Studies at Boston University will follow in the afternoon.

In the evening, we will welcome all participants, faculty, and staff to join us for an opening reception, held in the Boston University African American Studies Program


8:00-8:30am: Late Checkin and Registration at Boston University College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 511, Boston, MA 02215

9:00-9:15am: Welcome Address and Workshop Overview, led by Linda Heywood, Director of the African American Studies Program

9:15-10:15am: “Building an African American Community in Early Massachusetts.” Speakers:  Linda Heywood and John Thornton

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30-12:00pm Introduction to the Pedagogical Goals and Curriculum Assignments of the Workshop: “An Introduction to historical thinking.” Speakers: Chris Baron and Dean Hardin Coleman, School of Education at Boston University.

Breakout sessions: The Byles and the Humphries: Two Tales from the Old North Church, Chris Baron and Elisabeth Nevins

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm:     Board bus to Old Burying Ground at 33 Harry Agganis Way

1:30-3:30pm: Brookline Old Burying Ground and Walking Tour- Speaker Barbara Brown

3:30pm:     Bus back to campus

7:00pm:     Opening reception at African American Studies, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA

Tuesday – The Early Presence of African Americans in Massachusetts

On Tuesday morning, teachers will walk Boston’s Black Heritage Trail, led by the National Parks Service and representatives from the Museum of African American History in Boston. This tour will give participants an opportunity to explore one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods, while also highlighting several significant sites of early African American history in Massachusetts. Following the tour, all participants will meet back at the Museum of African American History to visit their current exhibits on 18th and 19th century history.

We will return to the Boston University campus where, in the afternoon, presenters from “Primary Source” will provide an overview of the best in online print and media materials for teaching the history of African Americans in New England. The afternoon will provide another opportunity for participants to meet in small groups. The evening has been left open for teachers to explore Boston on their own.


9:15am: Board bus at 33 Harry Agganis Way Boston, MA to Black Heritage Trail

10:00am: Guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail led by Beverly Morgan-Welch and L’Merchie Frazier

11:30am: Introduction to the Museum of African American History at the Museum of African American History.  Speakers: L’Merchie Frazier and Beverly Morgan-Welch

1:oopm: Lunch Break

1:45pm:  Board bus to 33 Harry Agganis Way

3:00-3:30pm: Primary Source- Overview of the best in online print and media materials for teaching the history of African Americans in New England. (Room CAS 313 located at 725 Commonwealth Ave)

3:30-5:00pm:  Small group sessions, one elementary and one secondary with Primary Source.  Presenters: Jennifer Hanson, Susan Zeiger (Room CAS 313 located at 725 Commonwealth Ave)

Wednesday – Slavery and Abolition in Massachusetts

Wednesday morning will open with a trip to the Isaac Royall House &Slave Quarters, a National Historic Landmark and museum in Medford, Massachusetts. Tours of the Isaac Royall House will be led by Alexandra Chan, an archaeological consultant and author of the book Slavery in the Age of Reason based on fieldwork conducted at the site, and Tom Lincoln, Executive Director of the Isaac Royall House & Slave Quarters.

Following this tour, we will travel just north of Boston to Concord, Massachusetts to visit the Orchard House, home of the Alcott family. Scholars will be guided on a tour of the house and A. Bronson Alcott’s School of Philosophy and will enjoy a first-person presentation in the voice of Louisa May Alcott, given by the Executive Director of the Orchard House Jan Turnquist. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Sarah Elbert will present a lecture on the racial implications of Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel Little Women. We will have some time for small group discussion before returning to Boston at 5pm.


8:15 am: Board bus at 33 Harry Agganis Way Boston, MA

9:00am: Tour of the Isaac Royall House & Slave Quarters Tour led by Alexandra Chan and Tom Lincoln.

Slave Trade Letters, Medford Historical Society.

11:00am: Picnic Lunch at Isaac Royall House

11:30am: Bus to Concord, Massachusetts

12:00pm: Tour of Orchard House

1:00pm: “Meet Louisa”  a presentation at Orchard House

2:00pm: Break

2:15pm: Lecture on “Louisa May Alcott on Race, Sex, and Slavery” by Sarah Elbert at Orchard House

3:30pm:  Board bus back to Boston

4:15pm: Arrive 33 Harry Agganis Way

Thursday – The Making of a Leader: W.E.B. Du Bois

On Thursday, we will spend the day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, visiting the boyhood homesite of W.E.B. Du Bois and one of the oldest African American communities outside Boston. Participants will visit five sites throughout the town that informed Du Bois’ intellectual outlook and will meet with a number of local scholars who will share information about archaeological fieldwork at the site; the history of African Americans in South Berkshire County; Du Bois’ life and work; and the connections between Du Bois’ early childhood home and his later environmental activism.

7:30 am: Board Bus at 33 Harry Agganis Way and depart to Great Barrington, Massachusetts

11:00am: Lecture on “W.E.B. Du Bois: His Life and Work” by Frances Jones-Sneed at Berkshire Community College South County Center, 343 Main Street Great Barrington, MA

12:00pm: Bag Lunch at Berkshire Community College South County Center

12:30pm: Guided tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite and Great Barrington region led by Bernard Drew and Frances Jones-Sneed

1:30pm: Board bus to field work

1:35pm:  Lecture on “Archaeological Fieldwork at the Du Bois Homesite” -Robert Paynter/Bernard Drew

2:30pm: Small group discussion – Chris Baron and Elisabeth Nevins “Introduction to Material Culture”

3:15pm: Board bus to Berkshire Community College South County Center

3:20pm: Lecture on “Du Bois’ Environmental Activism.” Rachel Fletcher will provide a PowerPoint presentation and lead a tour of the W.E. B. Du Bois River Garden Park and the River Walk-to demonstrate how natural features like the Housatonic River sowed the seeds of Du Bois’ environmental activism.

4:00pm: Picnic Dinner at River Walk (Berkshire Co-op Market)

5:00pm: Board bus to Boston

8:00pm: Arrive Boston 33 Harry Agganis Way

Friday – Boston’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement

Our focus on our last day together will be an investigation into the role played by Boston in the African American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. We will begin the day with a visit to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University to see the papers of such distinguished Civil Rights activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, and Senator Edward Brooke.

We will spend the afternoon touring the National Center for Afro-American Artists and learning more about the influence of the artistic community, led by Elma Ina Lewis, on activism in Boston in the mid-20th century.We will also have time for small group discussion.

9:30am: Welcome to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in Richards-Roosevelt Room, Sean Noel

9:45am: Lecture on “Educating Civil Rights Leaders in Boston and at Boston University” by Julia Rabig

11:00am: Tour of Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Sean Noel

11:00-11:45am: Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading Room- Document examination with HGARC scholar

11:45-12:30pm: Talk by Sean Noel in Richards-Roosevelt Room about the collection

12:30pm: Lunch Break in Arthur Fiedler Reading Room 2nd Floor

1:30pm: Board bus to National Center for Afro American Artists, Roxbury, MA

2:00pm: Lecture on “Elma Lewis and the Founding of the NCAAA,” Patricia Hills, National Center for Afro American Artists, Roxbury, MA

3:00pm: Tour museum and talk by Barry Gaither

4:00pm: Board bus back to campus

6:30-8:30pm: Closing Dinner, Professor Kathy-Anne Jordan, Boston University School of Education, speaker

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