Upcoming Educator Workshops 

The Trail They Blazed: A Free Civil Rights History Workshop for Educators 
Saturday, September 30, 2023
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130  

FREE, registration required. Space is limited to 35 participants.  

A new special traveling exhibition from The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Trail They Blazed, will travel to schools, libraries, and community centers across the Greater New Orleans region beginning in Fall 2023. This exhibition focuses on the African American Civil Rights Movement in the city from the 1950s to the 1970s. The Trail They Blazed exhibition features oral histories from activists, leaders, and eyewitnesses to the struggle and is designed to connect young people to events of the past while also empowering them to ask what work remains to be done.  

In this FREE workshop, educators will explore lesson plans, primary sources, and curriculum resources to deepen student experiences and understanding of The Trail They Blazed.  Educators will also hear from many of the community members and advisors who guided the exhibition’s creation. The workshop will be co-presented by the Education and Curatorial Departments of The Historic New Orleans Collection as well as representatives from The TEP Center and Friends of the Freedom House 

The workshop is open to all educators of any grade level or subject area. The schedule will include modeling and demonstrations of lesson plan and curriculum resources, discussion of reading assignments, and small group collaborative brainstorming as well as information on how to bring The Trail They Blazed to your school, library, or community space.  

All attendees will receive a list of additional online and print resources for further exploration.  

Breakfast and lunch to be provided.  

Recent Workshops

Ring the Bell: Navigating the Intersection of Civil Rights History & K-12 Curricula

THNOC's October 1, 2022 workshop Ring the Bell: Navigating the Intersection of Civil Rights History & K-12 Curricula, centered on tools that empower teachers to integrate Civil Rights history into their curriculum, this day of professional development featured presentations by the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Beloved Community, and The Historic New Orleans Collection. Participants toured the new Tate, Etienne, and Prevost (TEP) Center, heard from Leona Tate, learned culturally responsive strategies for teaching about structural racism and resistance, and discovered meaningful resources that bring Civil Rights history to life in the classroom.

Missed the workshop? Explore recordings from the workshop below or check out THNOC's YouTube page.



Past Educator Workshops

  • Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean (November 5, 2022)
  • Ring the Bell: Navigating the Intersection of Civil Rights History & K-12 Curricula (October 1, 2022)
  • Making History Three-Dimensional: A Material Culture Workshop for Teachers (September 24, 2022)
  • Creating Monumental  (June 21, 2021)
  • Rediscovering Oscar Dunn (June 28, 2021)
  • Teaching with Graphic Histories (July 12, 2021)
  • Mapping Monumental (July 26, 2021)
  • NOLA Resistance, Encore Opportunity (February 29, 2020)
  • NOLA Resistance (October 26, 2019)
  • Art and Environment (June 25–26, 2019)
  • New Orleans and the History of the American South (a Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher Seminar; June 16 –21, 2019)
  • Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina (May 31, 2019)
  • Curating Your Classroom (June 3, 2019) 
  • Virtual Exhibitions (April 6, 2019)
  • America and the First World War: Remembrance and Legacy (November 17, 2018)
  • The Business of Music in New Orleans: Historical Inquiry with Primary Sources (September 20, 2018)
  • The South and New Orleans in American History (a Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher Seminar; June 24–30, 2018)
  • 300 Years of Art in New Orleans (June 19–20, 2018)
  • Rethinking Primary Sources (June 1 and July 27, 2018)
  • New Orleans, the Founding Era (March 3, 2018)
  • Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (December 9, 2017)
  • Archival Research and Primary Sources (June 14, 2017)