I spent 8 days in New York City attending a Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar about the history of New York. I got to meet 25 teachers from around the country and we got to spend the week learning from Dr. Kenneth Jackson and Dr. Karen Markoe. The seminar was a mix of class lectures and discussion and walking tours of in Harlem, Chinatown, Little Italy, Five Points, the Lower East Side and, the Bronx. At the end of the week we shared our lesson plans we had created during the seminar.
Highlights from the seminar include attending the Yankees game, touring the Eldridge Street Synagogue, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, and taking the Staten Island Ferry the first night with new friends.
I had the Saturday after the seminar to see the sites. I spent most of this day with a teacher from New Mexico. Our first stop was to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The museum has wonderful exhibits and left me emotionally overwhelmed. Dr. Jackson had talked about the 5 stories of one of the towers that was not much bigger than a teacher's desk because it had been fused together. It was the last exhibit I saw and seeing it left me with the same feeling of when I saw the "shoe room" at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. After the museum we went to the Trinity Church to see Alexander Hamilton's grave, Wall Street to see the Stock Exchange, NYU bookstore, The Strand bookstore, Times Square