SALEM in History: A Collaborative Primary Source Website for K-12 History Teachers

By Abaigeal Duda.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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SALEM in History: The Science and Art of Learning from Evidence and Materials (SIH) is a content-based, professional development program for K-12 school teachers in the Salem Public Schools. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through a three-year Teaching American History grant. SIH is a joint effort between the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Public Schools, Salem State College, and the National Park Service. It aims to increase the depth, breadth, and quality of teachers’ knowledge and understanding of United States history, and to provide teachers with the training, materials and support necessary to apply this new knowledge and understanding in their classrooms. A key component in sustaing this project is the creation of a primary source website that includes materials from partner collections. This presentation explores issues related to creating and sustaining such a website, with particular regard to the concerns of the Phillips Library, which is a private institution with more than 400,000 books, manuscripts, and other materials in its collection. Its participation and digitization of materials that only exist digitally on the SALEM in History website present complex questions about providing educational access to substantial historical collections.

Keywords: Libraries, Digitization, Teachers, Education, K-12, History, Collaboration, Teaching American History

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.85-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.203KB).

Abaigeal Duda

Museum Educator, SALEM in History, Peabody Essex Museum/SALEM in History, Salem, MA, USA

Abaigeal Duda is the former Museum Educator for SALEM in History (2001-2006), which is a content-based, professional development program for primary and secondary school teachers in the Salem Public Schools. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through Teaching American History grant. SIH is a joint effort between PEM, the Salem Public Schools, Salem State College, and the National Park Service. It aims to increase the depth, breadth, and quality of teachers’ knowledge and understanding of United States history, and to provide teachers with the training, materials and support necessary to apply this new knowledge and understanding in their classrooms. Abaigeal is also a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University in American Studies and American Art History. Her background includes work in museum exhibitons, education, and development.

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