Problematizing the Past: Complex Histories and Museum Collections

Thursday, November 16, 2017 • 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Heinz History Center

Join History Center educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect local educators with the museum’s exhibits. All workshops include a classroom resource guide with lesson plans and a boxed meal. Pre-registration is required and space can be reserved online.

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Problematizing the Past: Complex Histories and Museum Collections

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Act 48 Hours: 3 hours
Audience: Suitable for middle and high school social studies teachers.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.

Too often history is presented as a series of linear events, with limited scope for considering the multifaceted contexts and impact of historical decisions. Explore how social studies teachers can use archives and museum collections to disrupt traditional narratives and encourage students to delve further into the problematic past. Heinz History Center educators will share strategies used to complexify the past using museum and archival collections, ranging from deliberative decision making, to reframing events by examining the past as a series of choices and expanding the perspectives included in history.

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