The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Presents: Reaching for Truth: Exploring the Issue of Slavery in the Era of the American Revolution
Classroom and Museum Educators
Participate in an intensive three day workshop from August 1-3. Investigate slavery in Portsmouth and New England during the Revolution, explore the spaces in which the enslaved and enslavers interacted and discover how a brave group of enslaved men wrote the 1779 Petition of Freedom.
Barbara M. Ward, Ph.D.
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden.
Barbara has an A.B. in history from Connecticut College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in American and New England Studies. She has taught history, decorative arts, museum studies, and material culture at Boston University, Yale University, the University of Delaware, Salem State University, the University of New Hampshire, the Tufts University Museum Certificate program, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Actor and Educator
Keith holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Massachusetts. Keith has worked as an actor in numerous theater and film productions. He has won several awards and is best known in Portsmouth for his role as Prince Whipple, in two productions of A Chance at Freedom.
Robert Munro, Ph.D
Teacher, Middlesex School
Robert has a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University. He has worked as a History teacher at Middlesex School. His primary teaching interests include African and African American history, U.S. history, and the ancient world.
About the Program
Spend three days in Portsmouth exploring the genesis of the Petition of Freedom, slavery in New England and how you can use local resources to explore difficult subjects in your classroom.
The Program Schedule
The first day of the workshop participants will enjoy the same immersive experience within the house that students have had in our pilot program. The second day participants will learn about the history of slavery in New England, the material culture of the region, and also visit sites on Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail to provide further context. The third day we will focus on how to have comfortable discussions on difficult issues of class and race, and how historical context can help to facilitate those conversations. Teachers will have an opportunity to share their curriculum ideas.
Participants will have the option of staying in Portsmouth for some planned activities and conversation in the evening. Those who are coming from out of town can either book their own accommodation or use the reduced rate we have negotiated at an area hotel.
We have ten $250 stipends for secondary teachers who commit to creating a lesson plan based on their experience of this program. The fee for those who do not want to create a lesson plan is $50 for all three days. The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden will post the lesson plans on its website to share with educators everywhere.
Teachers who are interested in this program should answer the question:
- Why are you interested in attending this workshop, and what skills or knowledge do you hope to gain from it?
RSVP and Questions
Please email responses and send queries to: