African Americans in Early New England

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Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies

Teachers investigate the lives of African-Americans in early New England in the context of African-American struggles for freedom across the entire arc of American History.

Pursue an inquiry-based approach to primary sources using the collections of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and the Library of Congress.


Upper elementary teachers, secondary History teachers (Grades 3-10)


10 PDPs (requires some prior online work)


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


  • Lynne Manring

    Lynne Manring is the director of the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in Deerfield, MA, where she has served as an educator and historian for more than 20 years. Her areas of expertise include social history and material culture, living history, the African American experience in 18th and 19th c. New England, and Northeast Woodland Native American history.

  • 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."

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