26 September 2014 to 27 September 2014
This workshop will take place at the Edgell Memorial Library 3 Oak Street, Framingham, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. It is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts.
What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed by New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story. Continue reading