Job opportunity: Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories at Mystic Seaport Museum

Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom The Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories will be responsible for working on curatorial projects of race, Indigenous histories, ethnicity, and diversity in New England's maritime activities as it relates to the collections and site of Mystic Seaport Museum. The Senior Curator will work with Curatorial … Continue reading Job opportunity: Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories at Mystic Seaport Museum

Lies My Teacher Told Me & How to Avoid Them – A Workshop for Educators

Lies My Teacher Told Me & How to Avoid Them - A Workshop for EducatorsMarch 30, 2021 • 3:30 - 5:00 pmONLINE Registration Fee: $25 per person  3:30 - 5:00 pmTake a deeper dive during this educator's workshop with Dr. James Loewen. Do you want to learn how to direct your students to discover Native American history in your community? … Continue reading Lies My Teacher Told Me & How to Avoid Them – A Workshop for Educators

“God Never Made a Slave”

Charlie Wilcox '21 James Mars’s Faith   Gowing up going to Catholic school for nine years and a Jesuit school for three, I learned a lot of history, but it was rarely Black History, and never Black History in my home state state. I’ve found that looking at slavery in this way is enlightening. Throughout all my research the man who had the most profound impact on me was James Mars: particularly how he was able to stay so faithful … Continue reading “God Never Made a Slave”

The Extraordinary Cesar Women!

The Cesar Women (L to R): Olive Cesar Peters, Nancy Cesar, Nancy Cesar, Mary Cesar Lassiter, and Mathilda Cesar Willams (ca. 1947ish). Over the past academic year, history teacher Rhonan Mokriski and his students at a high school in Salisbury, Ct have been pursuing a project-based learning course in public history focused on uncovering the … Continue reading The Extraordinary Cesar Women!

The Library and Searching for Slavery

By James King, Library Director at Salisbury School James Mars didn’t complain of “many things,” but one thing troubled him his entire life: the lack of “opportunity to go to school as much as I should, for all the books I ever had in school were a spelling-book, a primer, a Testament, a reading-book called … Continue reading The Library and Searching for Slavery

A Deepening Lesson

(https://images.app.goo.gl/T3xTWF7ajq9xWFio6) Over the past academic year, history teacher Rhonan Mokriski and his students at the Salisbury School have been pursuing a project-based learning course in public history focused on uncovering the lives of free and enslaved African American families in northwestern Connecticut. This blog chronicles that journey. By Caleb May '21, a senior at salisbury … Continue reading A Deepening Lesson

Researching Slavery and Black Life in Early New England: An Introduction

By Jared Ross Hardesty Some of the most common questions I receive after giving a talk about my book or a workshop about slavery in New England concern research. Where do you start? What types of sources are available? How accessible are those sources? In this post, I hope to clarify some of these questions … Continue reading Researching Slavery and Black Life in Early New England: An Introduction

Event: Gilder Lehrman Center hosts the Witness Stones Project on 2/11

GLC@Lunch: Dennis Culliton and Joy Burns, Witness Stones Project February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm Registration required Dennis Culliton and Joy Burns discuss the Witness Stones Project, A research partnership with local schools, students, and historical societies, which seeks to restore the history and honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. … Continue reading Event: Gilder Lehrman Center hosts the Witness Stones Project on 2/11

Author Talk with Elizabeth Normen, Venture Smith, Tuesday, (1/26), 7-8pm on Zoom

Purchase copies here: https://venturesmithcolonialct.org/product/venture-smiths-colonial-connecticut-single-copies/ On January 26th, from 7:00-8:00pm, the Suffield Historical Society will host a free Zoom program with Elizabeth Normen, author of Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut, a new book for middle schoolers and about the founding of Connecticut as told through the 1798 first-person narrative of Venture Smith. She will speak about this new … Continue reading Author Talk with Elizabeth Normen, Venture Smith, Tuesday, (1/26), 7-8pm on Zoom

Event: Explore primary sources related to the lives of enslaved people @ Gilder Lehrman

Presented by Inside the Vault Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 pm ET RSVP to Inside the Vault Please join our curators and guests, Corey Winchester, 2020 Illinois History Teacher of the Year, and Antuan Raimone from the cast of HAMILTON Inside the Vault. While researching for the film Twelve Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen and his team came to the Gilder Lehrman Collection to view original primary sources. … Continue reading Event: Explore primary sources related to the lives of enslaved people @ Gilder Lehrman

How to Bring the Witness Stones Project to Life

This 2020-2021 academic year marks the third year that my students at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford have participated in the Witness Stones Project and it’s been the most inspiring and meaningful work of my teaching career.  It’s also been the most doubt-inducing, time-consuming work as well. Teaching about race, conducting the slow, laborious historical … Continue reading How to Bring the Witness Stones Project to Life

Venture Smith – A Story About a Hero

Over the past academic year, history teacher Rhonan Mokriski and his students at the Salisbury School have been pursuing a project-based learning course in public history focused on uncovering the lives of free and enslaved African American families in northwestern Connecticut. This blog chronicles that journey. By Hurst Thompson '21, senior at salisbury school The … Continue reading Venture Smith – A Story About a Hero

Learning Northern Slavery Through Twitter @SlaveryNorth

I have asked my students to summarize some of their first trimester's work in a blog post. Over the next week, I will share some of them on here. - RM My name is Simba Chen, I am a member of the Searching for Slavery class. My responsibility is to man the class twitter account. This trimester, I am … Continue reading Learning Northern Slavery Through Twitter @SlaveryNorth

We Noble African Citizens

The Cesar Family: Noble African Citizens of Northwest Connecticut, A Black History Conversation with with Cesar family historian Katherine Overton, and history teacher Rhonan Mokriski December 5 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST Presented in collaboration with the Salisbury Association  Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library What do the words “We Noble African Citizens”, … Continue reading We Noble African Citizens