I am honored to have been one of 50 South Dakota teachers who have been part of a Teaching American History federal government grant (Years 1-3) 2008-2010 and Years 4 and 5 (2012-2013) encompassed history curriculum building and publishing, plus another trip where we were part of more "hands on" history learning and exploring. The purpose of this program was to foster teachers learning by becoming more knowledgeable in and effective at teaching the content of United States History.
Our curriculum included lectures, courses, and travel.

Summer 2013 - June 14-25, 2013
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This is the TAH (Teaching American History) We American group. Traveling together since 2008!
  • Our trip was a National Endowment for the Humanities tour of Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop: “Stony the Road We Trod . . . :“Alabama’s Role in the Modern Civil Rights Movement. The “Stony . . .” Workshop offers a unique opportunity for educators to participate in a one-week, interactive field study of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and the pivotal role that Alabama played in making the promises of the U.S Constitution a greater reality for more Americans. Teachers will trace the role of protest in American history as a tool used to obtain civil liberties and civil rights by examining Alabama's Role in the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Birmingham will serve as the host city for this series of Workshops which include travel to Selma, Montgomery, and Tuskegee, all key “battleground” sites in the struggle for civil rights.
Our travel and touring included the follow sites:

Summer 2012 - Seneca Falls, NY June-July 2012
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Summer 2011 -
July 27-29, 2011 Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD
Lecture and Discussion Professor Woody Holton and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Lesson Plan Development and Document Based Question Review

Summer 2010 -
June 14-18 Pedagogy Sessions and Lectures
June 21-24, 2010
Strategic Air and Space Museum Ashland, NE
Durham Museum Omaha, NE
Malcolm X Birthplace Tour and Talk Omaha, NE

Loves Jazz Center Omaha, NE
Joslyn Museum Omaha, NE
Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs, IA
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Sioux City, IA

University of South Dakota graduation of We American teachers May 2010 Masters in History.

Summer 2009 - We traveled throughout the east coast to discover history firsthand.
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Carol Allgaier and I on the Staten Island ferry to Ellis Island. Group picture taken on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Our group survived! 50 South Dakota teachers, 19 days, 14 states!

Our 2008 Summer trip was filled with amazing adventures to the following South Dakota sites.

Through the We Americans History Program I visited many of South Dakota's monuments and was honored by presentations at Mitchell Technical College by two scholars. Dr. Frank Grizzard and Dr. John Demos lectured on George Washington and Colonial Times.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Archeological Site http://www.mitchellindianvillage.org/
Mount Rushmore National Monument, Black Hills, South Dakota [http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota Crazy Horse Memorial Webcam
Keystone, South Dakota http://www.keystonechamber.com/
Photographer Paul Horsted Lecture http://www.custer-sd.com/ Photograph presentation.
Deadwood museums and historical tours http://www.deadwood.org/
Wounded Knee Museum, Wall, South Dakota http://www.woundedkneemuseum.org/index.htm
Minuteman Missile National Historical Site http://www.nps.gov/mimi/