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Join Mount Vernon's Education Team at the Grand Rapids Public School University for a primary source-based workshop.

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Grand Rapids Public School University

Spend the day with academic scholars and staff from both Mount Vernon's Education Department and Grand Rapids Public School District for a primary source-based workshop on George Washington's impact on the West. Educators will participate in both content lectures and modeled classroom activities that highlight Washington's connection to Michigan history. In addition, Dr. Lorri Glover, St. Louis University, and Eric Hemenway, Archives and Records of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, will examine different decisions set forth by George Washington and the varying impacts they had on different groups of people, particularly the Native populations. Educators will emerge with fresh content, resources, pedagogy, and the confidence to teach with primary sources in the classroom. This workshop is open to all K-12 educators. To honor your time, $150 stipends will be provided to all attendees.

If you are a Grand Rapids Public School Teacher, please register HERE.

If you are NOT a Grand Rapids Public School Teacher, please Register HERE. 

*More information will be provided about directions, parking, and honorariums to those who have registered, one week prior to the program.


8:30am Registration and Coffee
8:45am Welcome
9:00am Lecture: Washington and the West
10:00am Primary Source Workshop
10:30am Lecture: 18th Century Michigan History
11:15pm Primary Source Workshop
11:45am Lunch (Provided)
12:30pm Lecture: Washington and Native Americans, Different Perspectives
1:45pm Literacy Workshop
3:15pm Conclusion and Goodbye