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Women and Colonization: Early Encounters in the American Colonies
NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Educators at New-York Historical 
July 12-July 23, 2021

Note Regarding COVID-19: Because of continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this institute will be held remotely. We will adopt a dynamic virtual format that uses a blended synchronous and asynchronous approach to enable the cohort to engage with one another and with guest faculty.

New-York Historical Society’s Women and Colonization: Early Encounters in the American Colonies NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Educators will explore women’s roles in the formation and evolution of colonial American societies. During the two-week program, teachers will consider how women of different races, classes, ethnicities, and gender identities experienced the colonial period in America and how their activities shaped colonial enterprises.

Women are largely excluded from the traditional curricular narrative of American colonies. This Institute will reframe the customary stories of the four major European powers in North America—the Spanish, Dutch, French, and English—to foreground the many ways women contributed and responded to colonization. Participants will probe how women from diverse backgrounds encountered one another on America’s shores and be encouraged to consider how the legacies of those encounters reverberated forward in the formation of American identity.

Project co-directors Mia Nagawiecki, New-York Historical Vice President of Education, and Allyson Schettino, New-York Historical Associate Director of School Programs, will convene a cohort of 30 K-12 educators from across the country to engage in lively discussions with seven renowned historians and one teacher advisor. The cohort will workshop classroom-ready strategies for weaving women’s histories into the curriculum and leave with content knowledge, lesson plans, and materials that will expand their students’ understanding of North American colonialism.    

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Women and Colonization: Early Encounters in the American Colonies has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

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

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