We are entering Year 6 of the seminar. Join us in Princeton this summer! Read posts from the last six years here. Here are details from the Gilder-Lehrman website: DIRECTORS John Fea, Professor of History, Messiah College OVERVIEW Rather than thinking about colonial America as a necessary forerunner to the American Revolution or the birth of … Continue reading The Gilder-Lehrman “Princeton Seminar” on the Colonial Era is Back! Apply Now!
And that’s a wrap. Yesterday was the final day of the 2018 Gilder-Lehrman seminar on colonial America at Princeton University. It was another great week with 34 teachers from around the country. The last day of the seminar is my favorite. We talked about Philip Vickers Fithian, the “rural Enlightenment,” the First Great Awakening, and the … Continue reading 2018 Princeton Seminar: Day 6
Read all of our Princeton Seminar 2018 posts here. It was another busy day yesterday at the Gilder-Lehrman Summer Seminar for teachers on the “colonial era.” The teachers heard lectures on women and dissent in Puritan New England, slave culture in 18th-century South Carolina, and the Enlightenment in America. (My voice is recovering after 4-hours … Continue reading Princeton Seminar: Day 5
Today the 2018 Princeton Seminar hit the road. We spent the day in Philadelphia with George Boudreau, author of Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia. George is fixture of the Philadelphia public history world and probably knows more about colonial Philadelphia than anyone else alive. The teachers got a real treat today!
Day 3 is in the books! (For posts on Day 1 and 2 click here). We covered a lot of content today. I spent the morning lecturing on the seventeenth-century Chesapeake. After lunch, we started on the Puritans and Massachusetts Bay. Nate continues to spend the afternoons working with teachers on their colonial-era lesson plans. … Continue reading Day 3 of the 2018 Princeton Seminar
See previous posts on the 2018 Gilder-Lehrman Princeton Seminar here. Today we dove into some content. After introductions and the showing of the classic colonial America historiography scene from Good Will Hunting, I introduced the teachers to Whig history and suggested why this is an awful way of understanding colonial America. We talked a lot about … Continue reading Day 2 of the 2018 Princeton Seminar is in the Books
Over 30 teachers from all over the country are in Princeton this week for the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History summer seminar on the “Colonial Era.” Stay tuned for updates throughout the week. Kudos to Nate McAlister, the 2010 National History of the Year, for helping with travel schedules and getting everyone set-up in their … Continue reading Day 1 of the Princeton Seminar is in the Books
The 2017 Princeton Seminar on the “Colonial Era” wrapped-up yesterday. The day began with lectures on the “Enlightenment in America” and the “First Great Awakening.” The Enlightenment lecture focused largely on the lives of Philip Vickers Fithian and Benjamin Franklin. The teachers read my The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 6
It was another busy day at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute‘s “Colonial Era” teacher seminar at Princeton University. We covered a lot of ground yesterday and traveled through three different regions of British colonial America: We started the day discussing women and dissent in colonial New England. We talked about Anne Hutchinson and the “Good Wives” made … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 5
Yesterday the 2017 Princeton Seminar spent the day in Philadelphia. Our host for the day was the legendary George Boudreau, the man who I consider to be the greatest Philadelphia history tour guide of all time!! George gave us a phenomenal introduction to the colonial city. We made several stops along the way: Welcome … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 4
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History “Colonial Era” teachers seminar (aka the “Princeton Seminar“) is rolling along. This morning in the lecture hall we finished our discussion of colonial Virginia. I made the connection between mercantilism and tobacco culture and challenged the teachers to consider the social and cultural influence of tobacco on race, … Continue reading Princeton Seminar 2017: Day 3
Monday was a long and busy day at the Princeton Seminar. We began with a morning of lecture and discussion about how we should think about “colonial America.” I tried to get the teachers to think historically about the colonies and try to rid themselves of a Whig-centered interpretation of the period. In the process … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 2
The Gilder-Lehrman 2017 Princeton Seminar on colonial America is underway! Last night we held our opening dinner with the teachers. A few teachers had some difficulties with flights, but everyone is now here and settled into their rooms on the Princeton University campus. This year we have 35 history teachers representing 20 states: Arkansas, California, … Continue reading 2017 Princeton Seminar: Day 1
Next week I will be at Princeton University to lead a Gilder-Lehrman Institute seminar of the “Colonial Era” for history teachers. This is the fourth year that I have joined my partner in crime, 2010 National Teacher of the Year Nate McAlister, in leading this seminar. The Princeton Seminar (as we call it) has become … Continue reading Princeton Seminar Is About To Kick-Off Its Fourth Year
John Inazu, a law professor at Washington University and the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Among Deep Differences, has weighed in on Princeton Theological Seminary’s decision to rescind the Kuyper Prize from evangelical Presbyterian minister Tim Keller. Get some background on this story here. Inazu raises some interesting questions in his post at the website … Continue reading Confident Pluralism, Princeton Seminary, and Tim Keller
On July 23-July 29, 2017 we will gather together with a group of K-8 teachers to study Colonial America. I hope you will consider joining us. Learn how to apply here. LOCATION Princeton University DIRECTORS John Fea, Professor of History, Messiah College OVERVIEW Rather than thinking about colonial America as a necessary forerunner to the … Continue reading The Princeton Seminar is Back!
If you read The Way of Improvement Leads Home regularly you know that for the past three summers I have spent a week in Princeton, New Jersey leading a week-long seminar for teachers on the subject of colonial America. The seminar is sponsored by The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of America History and it draws history teachers from … Continue reading The Reach of the Princeton Seminar Extends to Shelby County, Alabama!
For the past three summers I have had the privilege of spending a week on the campus of Princeton University with a group of history teachers. We call ourselves “The Princeton Seminar,” but it would be more accurate to identify our group as the Gilder-Lehrman Institute Summer Seminar on the “13 Colonies.” Last week thirty-five … Continue reading The “Caffeinated Teacher” on the Princeton Seminar
If you are a K-8 teacher and are looking for a professional development opportunity this summer mark your calendars for July 24-30, 2016. Consider applying for our Gilder-Lehrman Institute summer seminar on “The 13 Colonies” at Princeton University.Some blog posts from previous years.Learn more about how to apply for the seminar here. Here are few … Continue reading The Gilder-Lehrman Institute Princeton Seminar on "The 13 Colonies" is Back!
The Gilder-Lehrman “13 Colonies” Crew The Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History Summer Seminar on the “13 Colonies” has come to a close. It was a great week at Princeton University. The morning began with a lecture on Native Americans. I introduced the teachers to some of the metaphors used by historians to explain Indian life … Continue reading Princeton Seminar: Day 5