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Rhode Island Historical Society awarded Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Resources Regional Grant

Posted 11/10/21

The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) and Rhode Island History Day (RIHD) have been awarded a $16,633 grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional Grant program managed by Waynesburg University, TPS Eastern Region.

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Rhode Island Historical Society awarded Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Resources Regional Grant

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The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) and Rhode Island History Day (RIHD) have been awarded a $16,633 grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional Grant program managed by Waynesburg University, TPS Eastern Region.

The grant project, titled “Using the Library of Congress Archives in Student Research and Historical Argumentation,” supports a four-part virtual teacher workshop series aimed at teachers who participate in the National History Day (NHD) program, though any teacher or school librarian of grades six through 12 is invited to attend.

Participating teachers will learn how to utilize and instruct their students in the use of Library of Congress and local Rhode Island archives in student research and how those sources support student historical argumentation. Funding includes stipends for Rhode Island teachers and school librarians of grades six through 12 to attend the workshops. Workshop partners include the Rhode Island State Archives, the Tomaquag Museum, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and the 1696 Heritage group. Workshops begin on Oct. 27. In addition to the workshops, funding includes support fees and travel for Rhode Island teachers and students whose History Day projects advance to the National History Day contest in June 2022.

“National contest fees and travel costs can deter students from traditionally underrepresented communities from competing, knowing that, if they advance to the national contest, they likely would have to forfeit their spot,” says Geralyn Ducady, director of education of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Rhode Island state coordinator for National History Day. “I am truly excited for this award to help us on our journey to removing financial barriers to teacher and student participation. This is just the beginning of our attempt at this goal as the Rhode Island Historical Society enters into its 200th year.”

Teachers and librarians who have considered implementing the National History Day program with their students are encouraged to attend the workshops and learn more about taking advantage of this year’s opportunity. With this award, the RIHS and RIHD become TPS Consortium Members.

Visit bit.ly/NHDworkshops for more information about each session.

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