The sixth and final day of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History summer seminar on colonial America is in the books. What a week! We had an amazing group of inspiring teachers in the seminar this year. I am so privileged to be able to know them, teach them, share meals with them, and learn from them. I will miss this group.
Thanks to Gilder-Lehrman for making it all happen!
I began class yesterday with a lecture on the First Great Awakening. I defined “evangelical religion,” told some stories about George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards, and discussed how this religious revival influenced colonial religion, education, women, and rhetoric.
The second morning session was devoted to Q&A. Teachers asked questions about The Way of Improvement Leads Home, my approach to research, and my views on the current state of history in schools, colleges, and universities.
After lunch I tried to bring everything together in a final lecture titled “From Colonials to Provincials: The British-American Colonies on the Eve of Revolution.” The lecture was followed by some spirited conversation.
In the afternoon, the teachers presented the lessons plans they have been working on all week. Nate McAlister does an incredible job of teaching these educators how to teach literacy through the study of history. He is the heart and soul of the Princeton Seminar.
We ended the night hanging out with some teachers at the Bent Spoon in Princeton.
After two weeks of work with Gilder-Lehrman in Mount Vernon, Boston, and Princeton, I am ready to go home, but I leave these experienced energized and ready to get back to work on writing and teaching projects. Stay tuned.