History for Young Audiences

AHA Session 173
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Nassau East (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Cathy Gorn, National History Day
Tessa Croker, American Girl
Patrick Riccards, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Joanna Steinberg, Museum of the City of New York
Sean Gilmartin, Achievement First

Session Abstract

This roundtable will bring together the expertise and energy of historians from across the discipline to reflect on and discuss their efforts to engage young audiences in a variety of ways. The presenters on this session have very different specialties, ranging from a museum educator to a middle school world history teacher and from a video game developer to a content creator for American Girl. Presenters will discuss the importance of introducing children and teens to the study of history, helping young people to analyze sources and evaluate competing historical narratives, and encouraging them to make historical connections within their own communities. Topics will also include innovative methods and technologies for capturing the interests of young people and success stories of effective collaborations and partnerships.
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