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Massachusetts History,
Geography and Government 

Photo Credit: T.C. Fitzgerald, Photographer, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Theme - Bibliography - Teacher Organizations - Research Organizations - Teaching Materials - Teachers - Lesson Plans - Maps - Links

Featured Theme 

What do you know about your state? How do you relate Massachusetts resources to your standards-based teaching? The Massachusetts Studies Project includes the themes of Massachusetts History, Geography and Government in its two databases which can be searched online. To make it easier for interested educators to focus on these themes, many resources are brought together on this Highlights page. Several are singled out for special status. This is a beginning, not a complete listing. We hope you will add to our collection by sending references, lessons and teaching ideas. 

There are many opportunities in the new curriulum frameworks and standards,especially History/Social Science, to include the rich resources of the Commonwealth to enhance teaching and to make learning more relevant and immediate. 

Massachusetts Bibliography 

Selected Bibliography on Massachusetts History, Geography, Government. 

Featured Teacher Organizations  
Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies  

The state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies supports K-college history/ social science teachers through networking, programs, publications and meetings, including the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, the largest gathering of social studies teachers in the country. Regional councils include Greater Boston, Central Mass., Merrimack Valley, South Shore, South East Mass., Cape and Islands, and Western Mass. 

New! Four Videotapes on Massachusetts History

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies offers a video version of "Massachusetts Yesterday" created by Edward Kingsbury of Wellesley. • Part One: When the Pace of Life was Slower, 25 mins. • Part Two: The Early Decades, 14 mins. • Part Three: 1760-1860, 19 mins. • Part Four, 1861-1972, 17 mins. Four videotapes with scripts, resource materials, and lesson plans, $40 first set postpaid via UPS. Each additional set $25 ppd. Send order to MCSS, 200 Linden Street, PMB 195, Wellesley, MA 02482-7914; fax 781-237-4499. For information only, call 781-237-7478. All proceeds from sales benefit the MCSS.

Here are some related activities by Arlene Price of Spofford Pond School in Boxford

Introduction--Part 1--Part 2--Part 3--Part 4



Massachusetts Geographic Alliance  

This state alliance of 2000 teachers offers workshops and conferences, resource library: Regional Service Centers are Salem State College, Bridgewater State College, Westfield State College, Clark University and Winchester School Department. 


 Featured Research Organizations  

Massachusetts State Archives 

The State Archives is a public research repository of governmental records which documents official actions and also supports studies in areas such as law, medicine, architecture and history. Its Archives Advisory Commission serves as the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board which provides information and guidance to the historical records community of the state. Check the site for a listing of research repositories and for information on the May 11th Community Forum at Worcester Centrum on "Building Alliances: Massachusetts Historical Records." 

Massachusetts Historical Society 

This private history organization has rich primary source collections on Massachusetts families and topics. Its new Center for the Study of New England History sponsors research projects, scholarly conferences and seminars, fellowships and publications. Information on research collections is available online. 

Featured Teaching Materials 

Historical Atlas of Massachusetts: This large-size, handsomely illustrated volume contains background information on periods of Mass. history, and topics such as population, ethnicity, and women's roles. 

Teaching with Historic Places (TWHP): Of the 74 TWHP sites available for school visits in the U.S., five Massachusetts sites are included: Bunker Hill Monument, Saugus Iron Works, John F. Kennedy Birthplace, Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, and Boston's Arnold Arboretum. Find out about TWHP programs of the National Park Service sites, Jackdaws lesson plan booklets and a Curriculum Framework Guide. 

Exemplary Teachers  

We salute Richard Aieta, (in tribute), Kathleen Callanan Babini , and Karen Board Moran. These exemplary teachers share their Massachusetts Studies teaching ideas with you. 

Featured Lesson Plans   

Lesson Plans developed by teachers in a DOE-funded summer institute of the Mass. Studies Project on Mass. History, Geography and Government held at UMass Boston from 1997-98. 

Massachusetts Maps  
       Print out the last four maps as 25% scale, landscape version. 

Website Links 

American History Archive Project 

American Local History Network 

American Memory 

Center for Civic Education 

History Place 

Internet Resources for Social Studies 

Library of Congress
(primary source photographs, documents) 

Map Machine 

Mass. Curriculum Frameworks for History/Social Science 
(includes history, geography, government, economics) 

Mass. Institute for Social & Economic Research
(evaluation of Massachusetts census data) 

NASA Spacelink 

National Archives and Records Administration 

National Council for  Geographic Education 

New England Historic Genealogical Society 

New York Archives and Records Administration 
   (See Consider the Source primary documents)

Old Sturbridge Village 

U.S. Census 

Working with Maps 

Nominate a site or resource to be highlighted on this page by sending e-mail to the Massachusetts Studies Project



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