Announcing the McLean Contributionship Educational Outreach Initiative

From the Sanders-Venning Family Collections

Sanders-Venning Family

As part of the NEH Challenge Grant to endow the Program in African American History, the Library Company received a grant, from the McLean Contributionship to fund an annual teacher’s workshop and essay contest for high school students in the Greater Philadelphia region specifically focused on the study African American history.  In January 2019, we will launch the first Annual African American History Educator’s Workshop funded by McLean Contributionship and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Teaching about Black Girlhood in the Late 19th Century

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Registration opens: 4:45 pm
Program: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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This interactive workshop will include curriculum materials, student discussion packets reference books and dinner for all attendees. Three Act 48 credits available for all teachers who complete the three-hour workshop. Register early, limited seats available.

The workshop will be led by former Library Company National Endowment for the Humanities and Mellon Scholars Program in African American History Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright. Through this workshop, Dr. Wright, author of Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century, teachers will examine autograph and friendship albums belonging to two sisters, Miranda Cogdell Venning (1862–1900) and Sarah (Sallie) Sanders Venning (1872–1959). Other primary sources such as photographs, diaries, conduct manuals, and musical announcements will be incorporated into the workshop.  The workshop includes a public lecture and presentation with Dr. Wright.

The first Annual Teacher’s Workshop in African American History is supported in part by the McLean Contributionship, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.