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Alison Cox, Ann O’ Leary

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast expands the historical narrative by illuminating the influence and contributions of women from diverse backgrounds connected to the SouthCoast region. We believe the profiles shared through this project have the potential to inspire young people, to spark their imagination, and to offer them an entry point for further investigations into historical research. Through these stories, learners of all ages can engage in the practice of historical thinking, perspective taking, connection making, and critical questioning.

We are currently partnering with SouthCoast educators to explore ways to include this content in school curriculum. Over the 2018-2019 school year, we will pilot a variety of opportunities for young people to engage with the profiles of these historic women. The resulting student and teacher products, along with an overarching framework for teaching with the women’s stories, will be shared on this site. We invite you to watch this space as we develop our gallery of student and teacher Lighting the Way projects.

Past Event: Local History Guild – Diary of Ellen Kempton

November 14, 2019 The New Bedford Historical Society co-hosts the Local History Guild Conversations at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill), 6-7 pm. Join Ivy MacMahon and Lee Blake of the New Bedford Historical Society for this month’s Local History Guild conversation “Teaching the Freed People: Reading the Diary of Ellen Kempton.” Ivy and Lee will share the found diary of Ellen Kempton, an abolitionist who traveled South to teach after the Civil War. The Local History Guild features conversations among area experts, aficionados, librarians, archivists, curators, historic preservation specialists, historians, and collectors. Presented free of charge on AHA! Night.

Past Event: Educator Workshop

Amplifying History: Learning from the Lives of Women
On June 25 & 26, 2019, New Bedford Whaling Museum hosted a free professional development workshop for educators.

Pictures of Practice

As part of our pilot program, students will be supported by educators to research and write a profile of Historic Women.
Florence Eastman-v1, By Alison Cox with Ann O’ Leary

Teacher Resources

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Curriculum Paraphrasing Playlist
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