"Can I Smell This?": Object Lessons in Using Primary Sources in the Classroom, NTC+ | Newberry

"Can I Smell This?": Object Lessons in Using Primary Sources in the Classroom, NTC+

Friday, April 29, 2022

9:30am - 12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. Mark Pohlad, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This program investigates the importance and excitement of primary sources—letters, images, photographs, artworks, and more—and what and how they communicate about the past. We first investigate the huge range of artifacts, which can speak meaningfully to a broad array of disciplines. Then we will examine actual objects in the Newberry’s collection. Along the way we share our experience with using objects from the past to illuminate the past as well as the present. A special focus will be on the items used by the Newberry’s Traveling Collections, a dynamic program funded by the Mazza Foundation that goes into public schools to demonstrate historical inquiry through the use of primary documents. In these class sessions students examine and discuss rich Civil War and WWII-related artifacts. Overall, this full-day NTC+ gets to the heart of teaching anything about the past, and the tools and skills investigators use to do so.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for accessing virtual seminars, will be distributed to participants via email. This seminar includes a one-hour lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm CST. Boxed lunches will be provided. Lunch outside the building is also permitted.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.