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Industrial History  
Featured Primary Sources

The Massachusetts Studies Project (MSP) at the University of Mass. Boston has produced an Electronic Library on Industrial History featuring primary materials on Fall River as a case study.

A Teacher's Guide will show how these primary sources can be used in lesson plans for research and project development and how related studies can be done on your own community. An Industrial History Bibliography provides further research suggestions.

In partnership with the MSP, the Center for Computer-Based Instructional Technology of the University of Mass. Amherst adapted the Lizzie Borden and Fall River course offered through the History Department for grades 7-12, with an emphasis on industrial history and the Fall River community, and a Lizzie Borden Guide to the use of these materials. K12 Explorations includes Four Activities utilizing primary sources on Fall River have been added. A walking tour of Fall River can now be followed online.

Industrial History in North Central Mass. At the DOE-sponsored summer 1999 institute on this topic, the Mass.Studies Project in partnership with Distance Learning and the Mt. Wachusett Community College worked with teachers from the Narragansett, Gardner and Athol school districts. Professor Tom Malloy of MWCC provided handouts on Research Projects on local history and North Central Mass. town origins, as well as ideas for "Using the Burial Ground as a Teaching Resource", and the MSP has prepared a resource listing on the area's educational offerings. Primary Source images from North Central Mass. postal cards have been added to the electronic library and can be seen here as a subset of the Resources database. Teacher lessons and primary sources resulting from classroom studies will be welcome at any time.






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