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Project Americana

Project Americana will provide general/special/bilingual education, art, and library-media teachers in grades 2, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 12 and their administrators with intensive, systematic, on- and off-site professional development in American history. Partnerships with scholars and cultural institutions will enable faculty teams from 40 schools to examine multiculturalism, unifying themes, key beliefs and traditions from New York and American history, connections among people and events, contributions of individuals and groups, and roles of historical analysis. Manhattan College will synchronize project resources including: the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian featuring 16th and 17th century American Indian culture; New York Historical Society and John Jay Homestead State Historic Site addressing 17th and 18th century new America; Brooklyn Museum and Philipse Manor picturing "Two Sides of Slavery" through 18th and 19th century artifacts; Hudson River Museum illustrating the 19th and 20th century through documents and discovery of the Hudson River and Hudson River School; El Museo del Barrio showing the story of assimilation in 20th and 21st century America through Hispanic-American "Classroom Connections." The Yonkers Teacher Center will collaborate in developing exemplary learning experiences for statewide peer review.