Windows on History: Research & Build a Local History Website in Your Class

Emerging America
Graduate Credits: 


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

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Work with nationally acclaimed service-learning leader, Rich Cairn, to develop a local history website with their students 
  • Examine successful past projects 
  • Connect with local archives and/or historical societies 
  • Develop a detailed action plan on a topic of interest 
  • In Fall 2016, work with students to develop the site and link from the – Windows on History page


History, Social Studies and Civics teachers; K - 12.


22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.


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