The 1960s and Beyond in Historical Perspective

Social Justice and Equality in Local Context

Emerging America


This workshop is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES.

Participants will:

  • Work closely with archivist-scholars from three remarkable local archives to investigate local stories of activism and social change.
  • Explore ways that local events impact, and are in turn impacted, by national events.
  • Work hands-on with primary sources from the Library of Congress and special collections at Smith College, UMass Amherst, and the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke
  • Create a simple lesson to bring these dramatic events and engaging primary sources - photos, posters, speeches, oral histories, and more- into your classroom.


Social Studies and ELA teachers, Grades 3 - 12


10 PDPs. To earn PDPs, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Rich Cairn

    Rich Cairn has directed the Emerging America program since 2006. Emerging America includes Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Institutes: "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry."

For more information, contact:
Director, Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936