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