Constitution Day
Maryland State Archives-Anne Arundel County Public Schools Educational Partnership Presentation

September 17, 1997

To mark the 210th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Secretary of State John T. Willis met with Anne-Arundel County Teachers for a hands-on computerized history lesson at the Maryland State Archives.

Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist, demonstrated to the teachers the methods for preserving and learning through histoic documents in the Maryland State Archives collection. Dr. Papenfuse directed the audience to electronic images of significant historical documents in the collection of the Maryland State Archvies. He also displayed original copies of the rare documents available to teachers electronically, including a copy of the first printing of the Constitution in Maryland (September 22, 1787), a copy of the Bill of Rights signed by Thomas Jefferson (1791), and the Maryland Act of Toleration (1649).

Northeast High School social studies teacher Roger Stitt demonstrated five lesson plans available to teachers which employ electronic images of original documents to make the study of American history more interesting and engaging for Maryland students.

Lee Mallory, teacher from Chesapeake High School, gives a demonstration of his internet research lesson plan.

Judy Mauriello, Program Director and Computer Curriculum Specialist, Anne Arundel County Public School

James F. "Chip" Adomanis, Project Director and Social Studies Resources Specialist, Anne Arundel Count Public Schools

R.J. Rockefeller, Project Administrator and Maryland State Archives Director of Education

In June of this year, the Maryland State Archives and the Anne Arundel County Schools were awarded a two-year grant of $170,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to use internet technology and original sourcel in the classroom. The grant supports summer institutes for teachers at the Archives in Annapolis as well as sessions throughout the 1997-98 academic year. Continue to check this web site for updates on the efforts of the Archives and the Anne Arundel County Teachers to make history increasingly interesting for area students!

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