Introduction & Overview

The History Project at University of California, Davis, invites K-12 teachers from around the country to spend a week of summer 2015 learning about the Transcontinental Railroad from its conceptual origins, through feats of labor and engineering, and on to its social, political, and economic impact during and after the Gilded Age.

Completion of the Pacific Railroad, May 10, 1869 — THE GREAT LINK CONNECTING EUROPE WITH ASIA ACROSS THE AMERICAN CONTINENT (Harpers Weekly, via Calisphere)

This NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture will be offered twice: June 28-July 3 and July 12-17, 2015. Please indicate your preference and availability on your application.

Most of our sessions will be held in Sacramento; the UC Davis Department of History serves as the institutional host. The department is home to the History Project (HP), a unique community of K-16 educators committed to raising student achievement by teaching history in challenging and exciting ways. Having been engaged in professional learning for local teachers for over 20 years, we are uniquely positioned to make this NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop especially valuable to educators. The HP team consists of teachers, teacher educators, and scholars whose involvement assures that all of our NEH Summer Scholars will benefit both intellectually and professionally. Our Co-Directors—Prof. Eric Rauchway and HP Director Pamela Tindall—have a great deal of experience in working with teachers. For more the faculty and staff associated with this workshop, please visit click here.