Interpreting Enslavement in School Programs at the 250th (May 2024) - Virtual Workshop

Interpreting Enslavement in School Programs at the 250th (May 2024) - Virtual Workshop

Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 05/09/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Workshop Description

Interpreting Enslavement in School Programs at the 250th

The upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding is an opportunity for museums and historic sites with stories of slavery to create programs that explore our collective history. School programs that include the history of enslaved Africans acknowledge that their stories are essential to the country’s narrative – past and present. The workshop will discuss pedagogically-sound and emotionally-aware techniques for developing school programs and strategies for training/caring for staff. When a museum or historic site commits to doing school programs on the topic of enslavement, they are acknowledging an inclusive story of American history, and the legacies of slavery that exist in our society today. By engaging students in dialogue about slavery, they bring their prior knowledge, scaffold new knowledge, and create their own relevance – all while adults hear them and show respect for what they have to say.

This two-day workshop will nurture the following skills:

· developing pedagogically-sound and emotionally-aware school programs on the subjects slavery and race, with a focus on the 250th anniversary,

· contextualizing the topic of enslavement, eliminating mythological stories, and facilitating culturally-sensitive discussions, and

· helping students make relevant connections between past and present.


SESSION DATES: May 9 - 10, 2024 - from 1PM - 5PM EST each day

COST: $100 AASLH Members / $200 Nonmembers /10% discount for STEPS participants with promo code found in the online STEPS Community

OPEN REGISTRATION: 25 participant limit.

Workshop Logistics

FORMAT: Online via Zoom

LENGTH: Two 4-hour days

MATERIALS: All workshop materials are provided.

TECHNOLOGY: We recommend downloading the Zoom mobile or desktop app for this course. Participants will need access to internet and a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet to participate in this course. We recommend having access to a camera and a headset, earphones, or other audio and microphone device. Automatic captioning is available in the Zoom discussions.

CREDIT: Successful completion of this workshop will earn a Certificate of Completion from AASLH.

Book Discount Code

Registrants for this workshop also receive a 30% discount on the AASLH book Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens at Museums and Historic Sites at with a promo code in their confirmation email.

How to Register

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Kristin Gallas

Kristin facilitates workshops for museums and historic sites on developing comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery and speaks regularly at conferences. Clients include: George Mason’s Gunston Hall, multiple National Park Service sites, Historic Philadelphia, Morven Museum and Garden, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and Whitney Plantation. She is the co-editor, with James DeWolf Perry, of "Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites," and author of articles on best practices in the interpretation of slavery. Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary history education from University of Vermont and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Nicole A. Moore

Director of Education

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Nicole A. Moore is a public historian and consultant with over a decade of museum experience. Her passion has been helping historic sites and museums strengthen their interpretation of the enslaved through workshops and training sessions, interpretive planning, and exhibition review. In her current role, Nicole serves as the Director of Education at the National Center for Civil Rights in Atlanta,  leading a multi-year expansion of educational content developed by and for The Center.  Engaging audiences  that range from K-12, to Fortune 500 C-suite executives and professional sports teams, Nicole urges groups to seek ways to protect the civil and human rights of all. Her publications include chapters for Interpreting Slavery and Interpreting the Civil War for Museums and Historic Sites, as well as Radical Roots: Public History and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism. A proud Charlotte 49er, Nicole received her BA in Psychology, and MA in History with a concentration in Public History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Professional Development staff at or 615-320-3203.