ASC professors and K-12 teachers tour New England

(08-08-2008)

From July 16 to August 2, Adams State College history professors Rich Loosbrock and Ed Crowther conducted two extensive tours of New England and New York City with 75 teachers from Colorado's Arkansas Valley and northern New Mexico.

Funded through US Department of Education Teaching American History grants, the trip itineraries included stops at Boston's Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument, Concord's North Bridge, the Lowell Textile Mills, Fort Ticonderoga, the Franklin Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, Ground Zero and Ellis Island. Extensive on-site instruction by historians employed by the National Park Service and the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as numerous presentations by Loosbrock and Crowther, provided context and interpretation. The trips followed week-long seminars conducted by Loosbrock and Crowther on the American Revolution held in Lamar, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in June.

"To have now walked Battle Road and crossed over the bridge at Concord has really deepened my appreciation and understanding of the eruption of the American Revolution. It's something I can share with my students," said Sara D'Ambrosia, a teacher from Manzanola.

"We really have a full itinerary. But for many of our grant participants, it's the only chance they have to see these critical historical sites," said Loosbrock, who has been conducting these trips since 2003.

Grant participants will continue their studies through a series of six seminars conducted this fall in Lamar, Taos, Santa Fe, and Cimarron. Topics include Territorial New Mexico, the U. S. Presidents in the Federalist and Early National Period, and the United States in the Middle East.

"These grants continue to provide vital professional support to our teachers," said Crowther. "I hope Congress continues to fund them."