Making Freedom

Making Freedom
"A Teaching American History Project"

Making Freedom is a study tour I have been able to participate in both the Native Americans program and this summer I was able to participate in the Colonial & Revolutionary American History Seminar.
The teachers have been mostly third and fifth grade teachers from the districts of Burlington, Bedford, Lexington, Woburn, and Somerville. This August (2010) I was able to visit and attend educational programs at :
-the National Heritage Museum in Lexington
-Minute Man Visitor Center in Lincoln
-North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord
-Mass Historical Society.

We also went on fieldtrips to the Freedom Trail Walk with Dr. Bill Fowler, Lexington Green, Historic House Tours in Lexington, Explored Battle Road, Bunker Hill and Dorchester Heights.  More information can be found above at thier website.  The information below on the scope of the project was taken directly from thier website:

Scope of Project

Making Freedom: Evolution and Revolution in the Realization of an American Ideal is a three-year, $979,475 Teaching American History (TAH) grant through the United States Department of Education. This award will enable six partnering public school districts—-Burlington, Bedford, Lexington, Minuteman Career and Technical High School, Woburn, and Somerville–-to appreciably strengthen their programs to teach traditional American history as a separate academic subject in grades three to five and eight to eleven.
Program participants will use primary sources to explore multiple perspectives on freedom during major historical events and turning points in American history during pre-Colonial, Colonial, Revolutionary, Antebellum, Civil War, Postbellum, Reconstruction and Gilded Age, and 20th Century periods. Teachers will examine how the words and deeds of individuals have determined the course of our nation and how the principles of freedom and democracy articulated in the founding documents of this nation have shaped America’s struggles, achievements, and its social, political, and legal institutions and relations.