America’s Industrial Revolution Workshop

How would you like to spend mornings discussing your passion for American history and technology 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 interdisciplinary inquiry learning and inspiring your students to be the innovators of America’s next economic or intellectual revolution? Do you want to use 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?

Teachers will explore the varied ways that Americans experienced social and technological change from the 1760s through the 1920s through an innovation lens, looking at the era’s “great men” and the diverse men, women and children who made it reality, its accomplishments and failures. 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 a week-long Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (two sessions held). Lively interactions with visiting scholars, staff, and colleagues will connect teachers to content and skills applicable across disciplines, including inquiry and The Henry Ford’s Model I innovation learning framework. Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Benson Ford Research Center provide all the historic sites and artifacts at one location, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

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2019 Workshop Dates

June 23-28, 2019 and July 14-19, 2019

Application deadline: March 1, 2019
Notification date
: March 29, 2019.


Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a $1,200 stipend at the end of the workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.

NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully as professionals in all project activities. Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

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