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April 23, 1997

Library of Congress Names American Memory Fellows

50 Educators to Participate in National Digital Library Educators Institute

The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, has announced the selection of 50 educators to participate in the American Memory Fellows Program. This new outreach effort will bring teams of outstanding middle and high school humanities teachers and library/media specialists to the Library to aid them in the use of technology to support the teaching of American history and culture.

"This is an important and exciting opportunity for the Library to share more broadly its valuable historical primary source materials and to become partners with educators to bring this material to schools across the nation," said Dr. Billington. "We hope the 50 participants will then tell others what they have learned, thereby expanding the reach of the Fellows Program."

The American Memory Fellows, consisting of 25 two- person teams, will gather at the Library for a National Digital Library Educators Institute, July 28-Aug. 1. Fellows will learn about the Library's digitized American Memory collections, which includes primary-source photographs, documents, sound recordings and motion pictures in American history and culture, available at http://www.loc.gov/. During the Educators Institute, the Fellows will enrich their understanding of how the Library's unique electronic resources can be used by students and educators across the country. For example, they will create interactive "teaching units" based on the Library's American Memory collections.

During school year 1997-1998, Fellows will test their teaching units in the classroom and revise them for eventual dissemination to the K-12 education community through both the Library's World Wide Web site and at professional education forums nationwide. Teaching unit ideas submitted by the selected American Memory Fellows include projects on "One Day in the Life of an American," "The U.S. History Time Machine" and multimedia projects on local history, immigration and the westward movement.

The 25 American Memory Fellows teams, selected by an independent review panel from 165 teams of applicants, comprise teachers, librarians, curriculum coordinators, media specialists and other educational professionals from across the nation. Those chosen to participate are already well experienced in using technology in the classroom. They have used primary sources to motivate students and promote critical thinking as well as to help students relate history to their own lives. Each Fellow is an active leader in the field of education and has the ability to disseminate his or her expertise to educators in their region.

As part of their participation, American Memory Fellows will also cooperate throughout the school year in an on-line National Digital Library Teacher Network. Through this forum, Fellows will exchange ideas and learn from each other through organized on-line discussion groups.

The American Memory Fellows Program is part of the National Digital Library Program, which aims to digitize, in collaboration with other institutions, millions of American history items from the Library of Congress and other repositories by the year 2000, the Library's 200th anniversary. The Library's Web site (http://www.loc.gov/) already makes available more than 400,000 items, including portraits of the presidents and first ladies; documents relating to slavery, the civil rights movement, and women's suffrage; political speeches and oral histories; and early motion pictures.

The National Digital Library Educators Institute is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which is helping the Library reach out to the K-12 education community.

A list of the American Memory Fellows teams follows:

  • Team 1
    • John L. Day
      Instructional Specialist, Social Studies
      Montgomery County Public Schools
      Rockville, MD 20850
    • Robert P. Hines
      Social Studies Resource Teacher
      Richard Montgomery High School
      Rockville, MD 20852
  • Team 2
    • William R. Fernekes
      Supervisor of Social Studies
      Hunterdon Central Regional High School
      Flemington, NJ 08822
    • Harlene Z. Rosenberg
      Supervisor, Instructional Media Center
      Hunterdon Central Regional High School
      Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Team 3
    • Patrice E. Wagner
      Teacher/Advisor
      Central Park East Secondary School
      New York, NY 10029
    • Gerri M. Appel
      Library Media Specialist
      Central Park East Secondary School
      New York, NY 10029
  • Team 4
    • Monica Edinger
      Senior Teachers
      The Dalton School
      New York, NY 10128
    • Cory Brandt
      Director, Libraries and Information Services
      The Dalton School
      New York, NY 10128
  • Team 5
    • Eva L. Abbamonte
      Social Studies Teacher
      Hunter College High School
      New York, NY 10128
    • Della Barr Brooks
      Instructor, Teachers College
      Columbia University
      New York, NY 10027
  • Team 6
    • Linda C. Joseph
      Library Media Specialist
      Library Media Services
      Columbus Public Schools
      Columbus, OH 43211
    • Jane Hoover
      Teacher
      West High School
      Columbus Public Schools
      Columbus, OH 43204
  • Team 7
    • Paul S. Filio
      Teacher
      Hughes Center
      Cincinnatti, OH 45219
    • Carolyn F. Kindle
      Librarian
      Hughes Center
      Cincinnatti, OH 45219
  • Team 8
    • Barbara L. Wysocki
      Instructor/Social Studies Dept. Chair
      University Laboratory High School
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Urbana, IL 61801
    • Frances F. Jacobson
      Librarian, University Laboratory High School
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Urbana, IL 61801
  • Team 9
    • Christine Fricke
      Media Specialist
      Fox Hill Elementary School
      Indianapolis, IN 46228
    • Glenda Ritz
      5th Grade Teacher
      Fox Hill Elementary School
      Indianapolis, IN 46228
  • Team 10
    • Mickey L. Bogart
      Social Studies Department Chair
      Manhattan High School
      Manhattan, KS 66502
    • James C. Bogart
      Library/Media Specialist
      Manhattan HIgh School
      Manhattan, KS 66502
  • Team 11
    • Michael Federspiel
      Social Studies Department Head
      H.H. Dow High School
      Midland, MI 48640
    • Timothy D. Hall
      Assistant Professor, History
      Central Michgan University
      Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Team 12
    • Micahel Young
      Social Studies Dept. Chair/Teacher
      Omaha Burke High School
      Burke High School
      Omaha, NE 68154
    • Carol Nickerson
      Information Manager
      Omaha Burke High School
      Burke High School, Omaha, NE 68154
  • Team 13
    • David Berry
      English Teacher
      Orange Grove Middle School
      Tucson, AZ 85718
    • Jeff Wadman
      Social Studies Teacher
      Orange Grove Middle School
      Tucson, AZ 85718
  • Team 14
    • Richard del Rio
      Teacher
      Muirlands Middle School
      La Jolla, CA 92037
    • Carol Kuhl Barry
      Teacher
      Muirlands Middle School
      La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Team 15
    • Peter G. Milbury
      Librarian
      Chico High School
      Chico, CA 95926
    • Brett Narciso Silva
      Teacher
      Pleasant Valley High School
      Orland, CA 95963
  • Team 16
    • Kathleen Ferenz
      American History Teacher
      Ben Franklin Intermediate
      Colma, CA 94109
    • Leni Dolan
      Technology Coordinator/Director
      Town School For Boys
      San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Team 17
    • Cynthia Stout
      Teacher
      Summit Ridge Middle School
      Littleton, CO 80127
    • Ray Taylor
      Teacher
      Summit Ridge Middle School
      Littleton, CO 80127
  • Team 18
    • Rebecca Kolb
      Teacher
      Middle College High School
      Memphis, TN 38174-0568
    • Martha Louise Callahan
      Teacher
      Middle College High School
      Memphis, TN 38174-0568
  • Team 19
    • Gerald Thurmond
      Teacher
      Westbury High School
      Houston, TX 77035
    • Kenneth Estrella
      Teacher
      Westbury High School
      Houston, TX 77035
  • Team 20
    • Kevin Randolph
      Department Chair History/Social Studies
      North Shore County Day School
      Winnetka, IL 60093
    • Alan Fraker
      Department Chair History
      Deerfield Academy
      Deerfield, MA 01342
  • Team 21
    • Nancy Kerwin
      Media Specialist
      Chelsea Public School
      Chelsea, VT 05038
    • Joelen Mulvaney
      Social Studies Teacher
      Chelsea Public School
      Chelsea, VT 05038
  • Team 22
    • Laura Wakefield
      History Teacher, Neptune Middle School
      2727 Neptune Road
      Kissimmee, FL 34744
    • Joy Penny
      Gifted Education Social Studies/Science
      Neptune Middle School
      Kissimmee, FL 34744
  • Team 23
    • Jackie Brooks
      Social Studies Teacher
      Ligon Middle School
      Raleigh, NC 27601
    • Deborah Pendelton
      Media Specialist
      Ligon Middle School
      Raleigh, NC 2 7601
  • Team 24
    • Agnes Dunn
      Coordinating Teacher for Social Studies
      Stafford County Schools Instructional Annex
      Stafford, VA 22554
    • Eric Powell
      Teacher
      Stafford High School
      Falmouth, VA 22405
  • Team 25
    • Douglas Perry
      Teacher
      Peninsula High School
      Gig Harbor, WA 98332
    • Wendy Sauer
      Teacher
      Mercer Island High School
      Mercer Island, WA 98040

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PR 97-77
4/23/97
ISSN 0731-3527

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