America’s Industrial Revolution Workshop

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?

NEH Workshops

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 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

2017 Workshop Dates

July 9-14, 2017
July 16-21, 2017

We are no longer accepting applications.

Application deadline: March 1, 2017 / notification date: March 31, 2017.


Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend at the end of the workshop session: $600 for commuting participants who incur no housing costs; $1,200 for residential participants who incur housing costs. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses.  Stipends are taxable.

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