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How would you like to spend mornings discussing your passion for American history with distinguished university professors, mid-days on field trips to more than a dozen historic farms, mills and laboratories, and the afternoons planning activities for your students?  Would you like to develop methods of using all five of your senses and your students’ different learning styles to bring America’s Industrial Revolution out of the books and into living history?

The story of America’s Industrial Revolution is an epic tale, full of heroes and heroines, villains and vagabonds, accomplishments and failures, sweated toil and elegant mechanisms, grand visions and unintended consequences.  How did the United States evolve from a group of 18th century agricultural colonies clustered along the eastern seaboard into the world’s greatest industrial power?  Why did this nation become the seedbed of so many important 19th century inventions and greatly influence assembly-line mass production in the early 20th century?  Who contributed?  Who benefited?  Who was left behind?

School teachers will become NEH Summer Scholars, and join university scholars and museum curators to explore this story during two, week-long Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These workshops are offered July 14-18 and August 11-15, 2014, at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. For information about The Henry Ford, visit

This website describes the content and scope of the workshop, the faculty, activities, venues and local resources. We have included information about stipends, hotel and meals, and professional development credits. The 2014 NEH Applicant Instructions also are included. Application period for 2014 workshops is currently closed. Please check back in late Fall 2014 for 2015 summer workshop dates (pending NEH grant).

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to The Henry Ford for a week of innovative, experiential, and inspirational teaching and learning.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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