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WGBY and the Springfield Museums are pleased to offer an exciting day of professional development at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, FREE to educators in our region on February 8, 2012 from 8:30am-4:00pm.  Teaching Prohibition and Its Compelling Themes is inspired by the recent, acclaimed PBS documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and designed to give you rich resources from a day filled with presentations, viewings, workshop and tours. You’ll receive lesson plans and activities from the Prohibition film, including a DVD set of the series, and learn about the latest from PBS digital media for classroom resources that reach far beyond this transformational era in our history.

We’ll begin with a light breakfast and later lunch in the Great Hall of the Wood Museum. There, mural-lined walls of Springfield and its residents early in the 20th century and rooms of vintage automobiles evoke the city’s rich history and highlight its present role in shaping its future. We’ll explore the vast resources of the Springfield Museums/Archives and end the day with a special tour of the new exhibit Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Paintings from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

We’d love you and students to benefit from this special professional development opportunity. Since space is limited, please register soon. We would also appreciate your help in spreading the word by sharing/posting the downloadable flyer. For more information, please contact Bess Kapetanis in WGBY’s Education and Outreach Department: 413.781.2801 ext 292 / bkapetanis@wgby.org

To sign up, please visit our online registration page.

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“Teaching Prohibition and Its Compelling Themes”

When: February 8th, 2012

Where: Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA

This professional development for educators is inspired by Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s recent PBS documentary, Prohibition, and will provide rich resources that reach beyond this transformational era including the latest from PBS digital media.  WGBY is partnering with the Wood Museum of Springfield History on a day filled with workshop/presentations, teacher collaboration and tours of the Wood Museum/archives and the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art.  (We’ve even arranged for a sneak peak of the exciting new exhibit Old Masters to Monet:  Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum.)  In addition to PDPs, light breakfast and lunch, and a binder of lessons/activities, teachers will be given the 3-part PBS series Prohibition.

Space will be limited so watch for an upcoming post or WGBY Educator E-newsletter with more about this unique experience free to teachers in our region.  If you’re interested, email Bess Kapetanis at bkapetanis@wgby.org.

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Source: Library of Congress archives

Prohibition is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.  The series premiere may just have ended, but you can catch replays throughout the week on WGBY.

Prohibition will continue to live on as a fantastic classroom resource for teaching American history, Government, and other parts of the curriculum.  The series has a great For Educators section of the website featuring great lesson plans and snapshot activities.  Lesson plans span the course of several periods whereas snapshot activities are useful in short time periods. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the classroom activities:

“Whispering Wires”: Public Law vs. Civil Liberties

The Politics of Prohibition

Snapshot Activities: The Music of Prohibition, Prohibition Characters, Prohibition Editorial Cartoons and more

We hope you’ll make great use of these classroom resources!


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Join us Thursday evening, September 29 from 7-9pm, as we present a sneak peak at Prohibition, the latest film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. 

After the preview, we hope you’ll stay for a rivoting panel presentation to explore the current relevance of this historic era. Panelists will be Francis G. Couvares, Amherst College’s E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies and Chair of American Studies, Don Robinson, Smith College Professor Emeritus, who has taught about the American presidency and comparative Constitutional systems and writes a monthly column on politics and culture for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and Thomas Kokonowski, Esq., Litigation Attorney in Northampton.

The event is free an open to the public.  Please pass the word along to friends and family.

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This Sunday, we hope you’ll join us for a free sneak peak of Prohibition: the latest film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  The event will take place from 2-4pm at the D’Amour Museum of Art (Davis Auditorium) in Springfield.

Immediately following the screening, we hope you’ll stay for a panel discussion about the far-ranging effects of the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speak-easies.  Panelists include Guy McLain, Director of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, Kathleen Banks Nutter, Archivist at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, and Daniel Czitrom, Mt. Holyoke Professor of History, to discuss the social upheaval and other unintended consequences of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

For directions to the Museum, click here.  We hope to see you there!

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Join WGBY for a sneak peak at Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary series ProhibitionTwo separate events will be held in western Massachusetts to discuss the historical and contemporary implications of the 18th Amendment. 

Through Prohibition’s Historical Lens: Springfield, Women and the Nation
Sunday, September 25, 2-4pm
D’Amour Museum of Art: Davis Auditorium, Springfield, MA

Prohibition: Contemporary Issues Surrounding America’s Noble Experiment
Thursday, September 29, 7-9pm
Greenfield Community College: Stinchfield Theater, Greenfield, MA

Both events are free and open to the public.  For details about these events including guest panelists, visit WGBY’s Events Page.  For a quick teaser of the new film, check out this video:

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We were so excited to hear that another Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary is set to air this fall on PBS.  Not a lot of information is available yet, but we thought educators would be interested to see the teaser trailer just released:

Have you used Ken Burns documentaries in your classroom before?  Here’s a list of links to classroom resources for some of our favorite documentaries.

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