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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013

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Brockport Professor Awarded Grant to Educate Teachers on Rochester’s Reform History

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant will bring 80 teachers to Rochester

BROCKPORT, NY—The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Jose R. Torre, PhD, a grant to support efforts to educate school teachers about the rich history of the nineteenth century reform movement in Rochester.

Torre, an associate history professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, was awarded a $157,090 grant to direct a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. The goal of the Landmarks grant series is to use historic sites to explore central themes in American history. Torre’s workshop, “The Rochester Reform Trail: Women’s Rights, Religion, and Abolition on the Genesee River and the Erie Canal,” will highlight Rochester’s central role in the national temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage movements.

Eighty school teachers, chosen from a national pool of applicants, will come to Rochester in July 2014, for two one-week seminars. Field trips, scholarly presentations, readings, and discussions will be used by seminar participants to examine the reform movement through landmarks such as the Erie Canal, the Broad Street Aqueduct, the Susan B. Anthony House, the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the Mount Hope Cemetery. Teachers will also have the opportunity to study Frederick Douglass through the personal effects, correspondence, and other documents held by the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Rochester.

“Rochester has a rich and unparalleled reform history with national significance,” Torre says. “This seminar will connect efforts to reform American society to the ideology of progress at the heart of technological innovations like the Erie Canal and the Broad Street Aqueduct.”

The seminars will include presentations from nationally recognized scholars of American reform: Alison Parker of The College at Brockport, Eric Seeman of the University at Buffalo, Rich Newman of Rochester Institute of Technology and Carol Faulkner of Syracuse University. The seminars will be held at The Strong Museum and Sara Shaw, director of school programs at The Strong, will act as pedagogical advisor to the school teachers.

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