• Is President’s Day for us or for the U.S.?: The history of celebrating President’s Day

    Though still referred to as “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, President’s day has become a day to recognize all presidents and celebrate a national day off (with shopping). Ame...
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  • How are you celebrating Black History Month?

    February is Black History Month and we want to know how you're celebrating! We've gathered a list of some trailblazers who should be recognized and celebrated. Let us know who has inspired you the most.    T...
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  • Tall (tales), Dark, and mysterious?: Re-visiting the true history of Valentine's Day:

    Our national holiday celebrating love hasn’t always been all candy hearts and flowers. How did a day that was once described as “a rural masculine cult involving the sacrifice of goats and dogs” (Smi...
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  • Women’s History Month: Listen, Read, Watch

    You don’t have to leave home (although we recommend you do) to celebrate Women’s History Month! Below are some great suggestions to honor Women’s History Month on your own time.   Movies: 100 Gr...
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  • Women’s History Month

    Every March we take the time to look back and honor the achievements of women throughout history. Although widely celebrated now, this was not always the case. Below we give a snapshot of what Women’s History Mo...
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  • Pathways to Student Success I: Need to Read

    A scholar new to the academic job market recently asked me to reflect on this question: what do I consider to be the greatest challenge of teaching history at a community college? So here goes ... community college st...
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  • How do you celebrate Black History Month?

    There are countless ways to honor Black History Month. We found some great suggestions here (NAACP), but would love to hear what you have to say!  We're curious how do you celebrate? 
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  • First Ladies Poll

    Which of the following US first ladies do you regularly include in your general United States history courses?
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  • [My] Research Seminar II

    I’m a month into my research sabbatical and feeling as though the list of questions I set out to answer is only getting longer. Going into this project my plan was straightforward: learn all I can about care of ...
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  • Google Earth's "Black History Month: The Journey of Us"

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    Black History Month: The Journey of Us   In a pretty interesting pedagogical technique, Google Earth commemorates Black History Month with a fascinating tour of Black History historical spots on today's Google E...
  • Eric Nelson, Ways of the World co-author, talks exciting additions to forthcoming 4th edition of the World History project

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  • History in the News: "Blackface" & the Governor

    In a May 2017 blog I shared my favorite short research assignment, which requires students to conduct secondary source research to place photographs and artwork from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries into historical ...
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  • New documentary breathes life into WW1

    Lord of the Rings director and World War 1 aficionado, Peter Jackson, restores and revitalizes World War 1 footage.   In his new documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, Jackson updates archival footage with modern ...
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  • Making Connections: History & Medicine

    While a good number of my students are General Studies and Liberal Arts majors, an even greater number are planning careers in the fields of health care, business, and engineering. Our community college is particularl...
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  • Ready, Set, Research!

    Last October in a blog titled [My] Research Seminar I introduced the Macmillan Community to the research project I am working on during my semester-long sabbatical -- a study of care of the mentally ill in Massachuset...
  • Bedford Challenge at AHA Conference

    1/3/19 11:00 AM
    AHA Bedford Challenge Poster Come take the Bedford Challenge and your next cup of coffee is on us!
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  • Colin Calloway Presents New Work at Fraunces Tavern

    2/7/19 6:30 PM
    Will you be in NYC in early February? Don't miss the opportunity to hear renowned author, Colin Calloway, speak at the historic Fraunces' Tavern!The Indian World of George Washington — Fraunces Tavern Museu...
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  • Ending the Semester with a Smile

    The topic for this week’s blog came to me in a dream: I was handing out a 10-page exam to students in US History II when I realized I did not have enough copies for the entire class. I ran back to my office to p...
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  • Enhancing the Historical Narrative with Indigenous Voices

    I grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a child there in the 1970s and 1980s I was bombarded with colonial history. So much so that when I chose history as my undergraduate major I stayed far, far away from courses o...
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