August E-Notes Newsletter

Electronic News Update from the Michigan Council for History Education  August 2016, Vol. XIII, No. 14

Dear MCHE Members and Friends,

We trust summer has been a time of both education and enjoyment.  In preparing for the start of the 2016/17 school year, this E-Notes tried to offer a mix of ideas and opportunities.  While the Calendar includes many items, you might find the Oct. 21-22 History Conference focused on Human Rights especially interesting.  With the Presidential Election upon us, take a look at the Electoral College Prediction Contest and consider how you might work with your students to select the eventual winner. My thanks to David Klemm for sharing current Federal info with us and also to the Michigan Oral History Association for sharing their informative newsletter. Please let us know if there are items you wish included in the next E-Notes and also share any items with your colleagues that might be of interest.

With best wishes,

Dr. Jim & Annette McConnell, Co-Editors, MCHE E-Notes With items from Dr. Tammy Shreiner,  Associate Editor (HNN, Bridge, This Month, etc.)

Attachments:

  • 1. August MCHE E-Notes, as pdf
  • 2. 2016 Electoral College Prediction Contest Press Release
  • 3. Updated 2016 History Events Calendar
  • 4. Michigan Oral History Association Newsletter
  • 5. Federal Title I Guidelines

Table of Contents

  • 1. “33 Men” author to highlight MCHE/GVSU Conference, Fri.-Sat., Oct. 21/22
  • 2. What are the origins of the Electoral College?
  • 3. MCHE to offer 2016 Electoral College Prediction Contest
  • 4.  Snyder Signs Bill Requiring Genocide Education in Michigan: PA 170
  • 5. Michigan Oral History Association Newsletter offer new info
  • 6. News from Michigan Electronic Library (MeL)
  • 7. Celebrating History in 2017
  • 8. Library of Congress Primary Source Lesson of the Month
  • 9.  Federal Guidelines for Title Funds and the Humanities
  • 10.  Are you ready for the Summer Olympics? August 5-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 11. A  poet’s “rendezvous with death” at the Somme
  • 12. Historical Events in April (includes some fascinating trivia)
  • 13. Fair Lane Folk Festival, July 30 @ Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn
  • 14. Comparing 2016 Dem & GOP Political Platforms
  • 15. “Fluid Frontiers” published by Wayne State University Press
  • 16. Noted Historian William H. McNeill  Dies at 98
  • 17. Garrison Keillor Solves Nation’s Problems in Timely Manner
  • 18. “Bill of Rights in Action” now available electronically
  • 19. Greenfield Village offers summer event
  • 20. “General John J. Pershing’s Hello Girls”, August 10, 6:30-8 pm., Chelsea Public Library
  • 21. Michigan Historic Preservation Network offers Directory
  • 22. Lac Ste. Claire Voyageurs Living History Encampment. Saturday, August 27-28 10 am-5 pm
  • 23. Be one of the first to subscribe to the Common Ground podcast
  • 24. “Weekly eCalendar of Detroit History and Cultural Heritage” from Kathleen Marcaccio
  • 25. News from “Bridge” (The Center for Michigan)
  • 26. Selected Items from the History News Network (www.hnn.us)
  • 27. Check out Book TV & American History TV Weekend

Programming:

1. “33 Men” author to highlight MCHE/GVSU Conference, Fri.-Sat., Oct. 21/22 Jonathan Franklin, writer of the highly-acclaimed story of the miraculous survival and dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners, is featured on this special “Human Rights” teacher conference in Grand Rapids. Special sessions will be presented on secondary and elementary teaching strategies by the Annette & Jim McConnell and the Gilder-Lehrman History Educator award winners. In addition, MCHE will unveil the package of curriculum materials developed for use with the book “Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith.” Details at https://www.gvsu.edu/history/ under “Great Lakes History Conference” in column on left. Online registration available.

2. What are the origins of the Electoral College? On Saturday, June 2, 1787, James Wilson, a Pennsylvania delegate to the Constitutional Convention meeting in Philadelphia, submitted a unique proposal for selecting a Chief Executive of the new United States.  To read an intriguing discussion of the initial concept and its evolution over the summer of 1787, check out chapters 19 and 20 in “Decision in Philadelphia” by Christopher Collier.

3. MCHE to offer 2016 Electoral College Prediction Contest Along with learning about James Wilson’s role in creating the Electoral College, you might also want to have your students make predictions on the results of the 2016 Electoral College results. Work with students to submit your entry in the MCHE 2016 Electoral College Prediction Contest, presented in cooperation with the Michigan Democratic Party and the Michigan Republican Party.  For details, see attached press release.  Full guidelines and entry forms to be available in September MCHE E-Notes.

4.  Snyder Signs Bill Requiring Genocide Education in Michigan: PA 170 Public Act 170 of 2016, was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new law recommends a combined six hours of genocide lessons be taught at some point between grades 8-12, and requires Gov. Snyder to make appointments to a 15-member genocide education panel. The law says instruction doesn’t need to be limited to the Armenian massacre and the Holocaust, but those were the only two mass killings formally acknowledged in the law. Here is the exact language from the Bill.  Sec. 1168. (1) “Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall ensure that the school district’s or public school academy’s social studies curriculum for grades 8 to 12 includes age- and grade-appropriate instruction about genocide, including, but not limited to, the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.” The legislature recommends a combined total of 6 hours of this instruction during grades 8 to 12. (From David Hales, Social Studies Consultant, Wayne RESA)

5. Michigan Oral History Association Newsletter offer new info We are very pleased to provide you with a sample copy of the MOHA Summer Newsletter.  It is filled with articles of possible interest, including a report on National History Day, student winners and a description of the Detroit Historical Society’s “Project ’67: Looking Back to Move Forward.”  In addition, MDE Social Studies Specialist Jim Cameron makes suggestions on how to use oral history strategies. Details are provided on the Fall MOHA Conference. Cameron was MCHE Executive Director for several years, with a teaching career in Saline.  Congrats to MOHA newsletter editor Geneva Kebler Wiskemann .
6. News from Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) As you drive across the Mighty Mac, did you ever wonder about its construction? A really informative site for viewing early pictures of the bridge and the construction process is found here:  Mackinac Bridge Authority at  http://updigit.uproc.lib.mi.us/cdm/landingpage/collection/macbrdg. Happy and safe travels! (From Matthew Pacer, Reference Librarian, Library of Michigan) pacerm@michigan.gov Visit mel.org/Michigana & librarian@michigan.gov  ** Check out the curated content on the LM homepage including state and national CE offerings, LM events, stats reports, headlines from around the library world and intriguing snapshots of our varied collections at http://michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan  ** Our collective efforts can help make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years!  Here are the goals and strategies: http://mi.gov/top10in10/

 

7. Celebrating History in 2017 ** April 6-100th anniversary of U.S. entry into First World War ** May 29-John F. Kennedy Birth Centennial **July-Bicentennial of Founding of Monroe ** August 26-Bicentennial of Founding of The University of Michigan (Catholepistemiad) ** October 31-500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation What else is happening?

8. Library of Congress Primary Source Lesson of the Month  One of the largest MCHE projects in our 23 year history was the teacher workshops on the Library of Congress resources!  More than 160 lessons, using primary sources, are available at www.educationextras.com  To view lessons on how to use the Library of Congress website, click on Overview” at education extras.com   Here is what you will find: ** Designing Your Lesson Plan With Primary and Secondary Sources By Abby Combs ** How to Work with and Copy Library of Congress Resources By Katy Koskela **  WebQuest:  Using the Library of Congress for Primary Sources By Donna Comstock-Herman ** Library of Congress WebQuest:  Investigate and Explore the LOC Website By  Susan Laninga ** Introduction to Primary Sources: What Are They and How to Find Them By  Tracy H Chrenka ** Using Magic to Teach Using Primary Resources (Early 1900s) By Lannie Castagne

9.  Federal Guidelines for Title Funds and the Humanities In April, the Federal Department of Education issued guidelines for the use of Title funds in support of STEM education, part of the promotion of a well-rounded education.  At that time, the National Council for the Social Studies requested that such guidelines be drafted for the Social Studies as well. They have been, including Humanities as part of the document as well. The unofficial copy is attached. Expect to see these guidelines in a more official form from the Department of Education. From David Klemm, Social Studies and Special Projects Consultant, Muskegon Area ISD, dklemm@muskegonisd.org

10.  Are you ready for the Summer Olympics? August 5-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (Item copied from July E-Notes) Let’s hope Brazil is…  Here’s some info:  Languages: English & Portuguese; The Games in Numbers—42 sport disciplines, including golf; 306 events; 37 venues; 206 countries;  For full NBC TV schedule, visit http://www.nbcolympics.com/full-schedule For more info, visit https://www.rio2016.com/en

11. A  poet’s “rendezvous with death” at the Somme One hundred years ago, one of the bloodiest battles in history began near the Somme River in France.
In July of 1916, the United States had not yet officially entered World War I, but that did not stop some Americans from joining the Allied cause. One such American volunteer, poet Alan Seeger, would pay the ultimate price during the first week of this carnage, but not before penning the immortal lines of verse that later became a favorite of John F. Kennedy, who often asked his wife to recite it. Read about Seeger’s life and death at http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennialnews/1252-an-american-dies-in-the-battle-of-the-somme-100-years-ago.html?utm_source=US+World +War+1+Centennial+Commission+Publications&utm_campaign=844734bff9DIspatch0711167_10_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c80ebdb67d-844734bff9-193944225&m c_cid=844734bff9&mc_eid=79761038da

12. Historical Events in April (includes some fascinating trivia):

August 6, 1945-American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  ** August 8, 1974-Nixon resigns.  ** August 13, 1961-Berlin is divided.  ** August 21, 1959-Hawaii becomes the 50th state.  ** August 24, 79-Mount Vesuvius erupts.  ** August 30, 1967-Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice.  For info on events for every day of the month, google “Today in History”.

13.  Fair Lane Folk Festival, July 30 @ Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn At the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane, enjoy a festival of modern folk & Americana music, on the grounds of the historic Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn,. Details at  http://www.fairlanefolkfest.org/

14. Comparing 2016 Political Platforms I can remember using the 1912 Progressive Party Platform when teaching about the Progressive Movement. The “primary source” document provided an excellent look into the values and goals of American politics at the start of the 20th century.  Today, you might encourage your students to review key sections of the platforms recently adopted by the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  For the Dems, visit https://www.demconvention.com/platform/    For the GOP, visit https://www.gop.com/ the-2016-republican-party-platform/

15. “Fluid Frontiers” published by Wayne State University Press Edited by Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker, “A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland,” the  book explores the experiences of the area’s freedom-seekers and advocates, both black and white.  More info  about the 360-page books at http:// www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/fluid-frontier

16. Noted Historian William H. McNeill  Dies at 98 William H. McNeill, a professor and prolific author whose catholic exploration of world history widened the traditional Eurocentric approach to the subject, died on Friday in Torrington, Conn.  He was 98. His death was confirmed by his son John Robert McNeill, a third-generation historian, with whom he collaborated on “The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History” in 2003. McNeill’s opus, “The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community” (1963), took 10 years to write. It won the National Book Award for history and biography and was lauded in The New York Times Book Review by the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. “This is not only the most learned and the most intelligent,” he wrote, “it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind.” (From History News Network; I concur and have “Rise of the West” as one of the five books to be cremated with me at an appropriate time). For a list of all 5 titles, email me at jam1776@sbcglobal.net )

17. Garrison Keillor Solves Nation’s Problems in Timely Manner “Change the seating in Congress to mix Democrats and Republicans together. Teachers know that you break up gangs by keeping them apart in the cafeteria. Seat politicians by seniority with the old ones in the back and the new ones down front so they get the idea that their time is brief.”  Time, July 11/18, 2016, p. 42-43. Sounds good to me!

18. “Bill of Rights in Action” now available electronically For many years, I have received the great newsletter from the Constitutional Rights Foundation.  It includes very scholarly articles on many historical and contemporary topics. To subscribe, visit www.crfusa.org/bria

19. Greenfield Village offers summer events Time to make plans to visit the most historic community in America!  To view the Events Calendar, visit https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar#perPage=20&pageNum=1

20. “General John J. Pershing’s Hello Girls,” Wed., August 10, 6:30-8 pm., Chelsea  Public Library When the U.S. entered WWI in 1917, General John “Black Jack” Pershing insisted on bilingual phone operators near the front and the “Hello Girls” were formed, enlisting support from Bell Telephone. During this historical interpretation, Lois Sprengnether Keel portrays Oleda Joure, a 16-year-old Marine City, Michigan teenager who received special permission to enlist. Learn about this group of heroic women of southeastern Michigan. For details and to register, visit http://storiesofchelsea.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2016/06/WWI-Centennial-Media-Kit-2016.pdf

21. Michigan Historic Preservation Network offers Directory An excellent online list of resources for folks interested in historic preservation has just been prepared by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. The Directory includes professionals in such areas as Architects, Foundation Repair, Interior Design, Stained Glass Conservation, and much more.  Congrats to Karen Nagher, Chair, and all who worked to compile this listing.  For details, visit http://www.mhpn.org and click on “Press & Publications.”

22. Lac Ste. Claire Voyageurs Living History Encampment. Saturday, August 27-28 10 am-5 pm Learn abut the history and life experiences of the voyageurs, the courier de bois. settlers, Indians, and military in the 18th century.  Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township;  Admission $2/person at gate.  For more info, email LSCVavant@yahoo.com

23. Be one of the first to subscribe to the Common Ground podcast  Common Ground, the podcast of the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University, explores the cultural and political landscape shared by the left and right. Every week, Joseph Hogan talks with scholars about American life, ideas, and identities. The RSS feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/ CommonGroundInitiative

24. “Weekly eCalendar of Detroit History and Cultural Heritage” from Kathleen Marcaccio

** Tickets are now on sale for Preservation Detroit’s 28th Annual Theatre Tour, Saturday, August 27  Don’t delay as this event always sells out! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preservation-detroits-28th-annual-theatre-tour-tickets-26132489981
** August 5 & 6 – Highland Games at Greenmead, Livonia, http://www.highlandgames.com/ ** August 6 – Dossin Great Lakes Museum Maritime Tour http://detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakesmuseum/events-calendar/events-listing/saturday-maritime-tour-0

 

** August 12-14 – 35th Annual Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival www.motherofdivinemercy.org/ PierogiFestival.html NOTE: A full E-Calendar from Kathleen Marcaccio is posted at www.michiganhistoryed.org, under “Calendar.” To subscribe, email Kathleen at dkosh@msn.com, asking to be added to her email group.

25. News from “Bridge” (The Center for Michigan) ** Amid guns and violence and police shootings, a program that works, 21 July 2016, by Nancy Derringer & Ron French.  ** As hunting wanes, selling Michigan to a new outdoors generation, 19 July 2016, by Ted Roelofs.  ** Businesses gain from stable child care, but what are they doing about it?, 14 July 2016, by Nancy Derringer.  Please visit http:/thecenterformichigan.net/ to subscribe to this wonderful resource.

26. Selected Items from the History News Network (www.hnn.us) ** Black Delegates at GOP Convention at Lowest Level in History**Visit http://historynewsnetwork.org/ article/163432#sthash.TuT4SdVG.dpuf.  ** The U.S. State Department Declares War on Afghanistan’s Pro-American Vice-President (And On All Afghan Uzbeks)**Visit http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/163354#sthash.XlBHZrLx.dpuf. HNN Roundup highlights social media news that historians are talking about. ** Visit http:// historynewsnetwork.org/article/162379.

27. Check out Book TV & American History TV Weekend Programming Every Thursday, after I check the Detroit Public Television weekly PBS programming email, I take a look at what to tape from the C Span 2 and C Span 3 discussions. Make it a habit to check C Span 3 American History http://www.c-span.org/history/ & C Span II Book Notes http://www.booktv.org/schedule.aspx

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