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Teaching American History workshop focuses on holidays

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Teachers can learn how to use holidays as tools for teaching Louisiana and American history at a workshop Saturday, March 17, at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Nursing Center in Baton Rouge.

     “Reverence, Rebellion, Rabbits, and Reindeer: the History and Meaning of American Holidays” will be offered through the Teaching American History Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Southeastern, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, Louisiana Public Broadcasting and other educational partners.

     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nursing Center, 4849 Essen Lane.

     Southeastern history professors Bill Robison, Ronald Traylor, and Charles Elliott will cover the gamut of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native-American and eastern religious holidays; civic holidays and African-American holidays.

     Ann Trappey, director of the TAH project, and Eileen Engel, a public history specialist, will discuss Mardi Gras and primary sources and state guides. Elliott will also detail “Louisiana Colonial Variations on the ‘American’ Holiday Theme.”

     Trappey said participating teachers can earn a $65 stipend and six hours of Continuing Learning Units.

     The workshop is open to all teachers, with priority given to those who teach American and Louisiana history.

     To register or for more information, contact Trappey at, 985-748-2443 (phone), or 985-748-2445 (fax).


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