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Rykken attends Native American History seminar

Social Studies teacher stands with professor Colin Calloway, who directed the seminar.  Calloway is considered a leading expert on American Indian history and has authored a number of books on a range of topics in the field.

Social Studies teacher stands with professor Colin Calloway, who directed the seminar. Calloway is considered a leading expert on American Indian history and has authored a number of books on a range of topics in the field.

Paul S. Rykken, history teacher at Black River Falls High School joined 30 teachers from across the country at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire for a week-long examination of Native American History as part of the  The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.  The seminar was directed by Professor Colin G. Calloway, author of several books including First Peoples:  A Documentary Survey of American Indian.

The institute promotes the study of American history by creating history-centered schools and academic research centers, organizing seminars and enrichment programs for educators, producing print and electronic publications, and sponsoring lectures by eminent historians.  Founded in New York in 1994, the Institute sponsors more than 20 seminars each summer that offer secondary history educators the chance to study an important topic in American history with a top scholar at major institutions including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Monticello, Amherst, Brown University, Gettysburg College, and Dartmouth, among others.  In addition to scholarly lectures, participants are involved in seminar-style discussions on history and teaching and visits to historic sites.  Participants go through a competitive application process and are expected to return to their home states and districts and share their work with colleagues.

Black River Falls High School is a Gilder-Lehrman Affiliate School, one of 26 high schools in the state with that designation.  Affiliate schools gain unique access to education resources, events, and tools designed to bring American history to life in the classroom with a special emphasis on a document-based approach to the past.  For more information on the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, visit their website at www.gilderlehrman.org.