MHS Calendar of Events

to May 26


The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

Teacher Workshop Canceled:
Five Documents/Five Dilemmas of the Early American Republic
registration closed 13 August 2012 to 16 August 2012 This workshop has been CANCELLED. Please contact the MHS Education Department for additional information.

Join us for a Seaside Seminar!

Who: Teachers and Library Media Specialists, Grades 5-12

When: August 13-16, and one Saturday morning in the Fall, 2012

Cost: $50 registration fee covers three lunches, one supper, and all snacks. All materials, instruction, and admissions are included.

Benefits: Four days in a scenic North Shore setting, as well as 30 PDPs and the opportunity to earn additional graduate credit through Framingham State University.

Documents and Dilemmas

In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges faced by the new nation in the years after the American Revolution. Participants will examine five sets of documents selected from the Massachusetts Historical Society that shed light on key issues, including the rights and responsibilities of a new government, the needs of a diverse citizenry, slavery, women’s roles, and America’s relationship with the world. Tigether with fellow participants and workshop staff, we will investigate:

  • the essential questions raised in each of the documents concerning the challenges facing this new country.
  • how these questions can be used as a theme to follow and investigate throughout an American History course.
  • why types of lesson plans you could build around these documents.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, please contact the education department at or (617) 646-0557.