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Grant will help history come alive PDF Print
Sunday, 11 November 2007 18:00
Neva Specht, an associate professor in the department of history at Appalachian State University, has a new way to get students excited about history. 

Thanks to a $142,761 grant she received from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture program, she can help teachers spice up their history lessons. Specht’s team is using the Blue Ridge Parkway as a case study of how to use historic landmarks to teach important topics in American history. Teachers in grades K-12 can apply to attend one of two weeklong workshops that will be held in July at Appalachian. Professors and guest lecturers will then show how the 469-mile parkway is a landmark that can be used to teach students about the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, economic development and more.


To learn more about the Landmarks of American History and Culture program, visit or

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