American Road Trip: Teaching Migration and Travel with Historical Maps, NTC+ | Newberry

American Road Trip: Teaching Migration and Travel with Historical Maps, NTC+

Monday, April 18, 2022

9:30am - 3:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. Nicholas Kryczka, University of Chicago
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

If seeing is believing, then maps are belief in hard copy. This full-day NTC+ seminar explores three key questions related to historical cartography: What kind of historical evidence do maps provide? What can we learn about American identity by reading the maps that were made to depict travels, migrations, and tourism across multiple centuries? And, how can we use these dynamic and vivid primary sources in our K-12 classrooms as training modules through which our students engage with historical thinking? With a historiographical background on American cartography, this seminar gets participants used to reading and teaching with maps in a variety of new ways, and will invite participants to work directly with both the Newberry Library’s exhibit, Crossings: Mapping American Journeys (February 25 - June 18, 2022), and related digital resources developed from this exhibit for classroom use.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for accessing virtual seminars, will be distributed to participants via email. This seminar includes a one-hour lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm CST. Boxed lunches will be provided. Lunch outside the building is also permitted.

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