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  • In small groups, students unpack artifacts from "immigrant luggage" to find background information about their ethnic group, homeland, and reasons for immigrating to Lowell. Students discover the common threads which drew people together, creating a social fabric, the pattern of which changes over time. See curriculum handout – point out oral histories, etc. Immigrants exhibit through the boarding house. Examine artifacts and stories of people in Lowell from the mill girls of the early 1800s to Lowell’s newest immigrants from places including…. The park is planning to redesign/update the exhibit so you’ll take part in a discussion about how best to capture immigration in Lowell.


  • 1.
    • Topics in Immigration and Labor: Comparing Old and New
    • March 18, 2010
    • www.historyconnected.org
    • www.historyconnected.wikispaces.com
  • 2. Today’s Agenda Classroom Applications Wrap Up Discussion & Closing 2:20 – 2:30 Concurrent Workshops 12:15 – 2:20 Catered lunch 11:30 – 12:15 Immigration and Labor: Comparing Old and New Professor Lynn Johnson, Boston College 9:00 – 11:30 with break Welcome & Introductions Warm-up Activity: Resources for Teaching with Historic Place 8:20 – 9:00 Arrival, breakfast & check-in 8:00 – 8:20
  • 3. Afternoon Concurrent Workshops
    • A. Yankees and Immigrants Classroom Connections Workshop
    • B. Weave Room Walkthrough and Guided Tour of Immigrants Exhibit
  • 4. Standards Connections
        • Immigration Old and New
        • Standards Alignment
  • 5. Teaching with Historic Places National Park Service http:// www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/index.htm
    • [Experiencing places] "helps in making contact with those who were there before in other days. It's a way to find them as fellow human beings, as necessary as the digging you do in libraries.“
    • - David McCullough, Brave Companions
  • 6. Center for Lowell History http:// library.uml.edu/clh /
  • 7. Examining Ethnicity and Enterprise
    • Evidence: What indications does the building provide of its past history?  Consider signage, architecture, location, size, shape, setting, and other characteristics.
    • Using the Research: Who lived and/or worked in the building?  What type of work did they do?   During what time period?
    • Big Picture:  What do the place and the lives of its inhabitants suggest about people, events or ways of life in Lowell?
    • Questions:  What questions does this information raise for you?  What information is missing?  What else would you like to know?  What types of evidence might answer those questions.  Where would you find that information?