10th Grade Citizen Archivists in the Digital Age


There are over three million Americans researching their family history using databases such as, local archives and museums, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Family history also offers a unique approach to teach K-16 students historical methods and thinking while teaching them research methods that may translate to other fields.  This project provides a long-term educational workshops, programs, and curricula to inspire inquiry-based learning in the five boroughs and Long Island.

The purpose of this project is to use family history to demonstrate the relevance of historical thinking and research methods to new Americans in the five boroughs and near Long Island.  St. John’s University is the second most diverse university in the United States and located in Queens country known as the ‘World’s Borough” because it is the most diverse country in the United States.

PARTNERS: This project will collaboration with the the Department of History and the School of Education of St John’s University, the Museum of New York, and the National Archives and Records Commission of New York City (NARA-NYC).

FUNDING & SUPPORT: Funding pending from the National Archives and Research Administration.

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