Hosted by Salem Maritime & The Hard History Project 

Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Join Salem Maritime National Historic Site from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for a virtual event on teaching the history of slavery and freedom in Salem, Massachusetts. This free webinar highlights new education programming and digital resources for teachers in grades 3-8, but it is open to all educators interested in how best to understand and teach this history. Learn more about the program and find the link to register here.  

Salem Maritime partnered with The Hard History Project and local teachers in a year-long pilot program to co-create the materials. Webinar attendees will hear directly from participating teachers about their experience. “Being a part of this program has helped me grow as a person and as a teacher,” said one of the pilot teachers, Jennifer Maldonado. “Using the primary sources from Salem Maritime I was able to learn about enslaved people and their experiences here in our own region. My students were interested, engaged, and empowered as they learned about the hard history of Massachusetts.”  

Salem Maritime’s new educational resources include an on-site field trip, an eight-minute film, lesson plans and primary resources. Salem Maritime staff also developed a new webpage for the general public, “Slavery and Freedom” including a 10-minute film, a self-guided walking tour, articles and short videos.  

The two films, “Understanding and Teaching Hard History” and “Exploring Hard History,” were produced by Brave Voices Media and The Hard History Project. Each film highlights the collective process of staff, historians, community members, teachers and students in recovering and sharing the history of slavery and freedom at Salem Maritime.  

The films, on-site education program, and the work with teachers and students was funded by a grant from the National Park Foundation (see Salem Maritime’s news release of December 16, 2021).  

Contact: Susan J. Russo,

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