Southwest Migration History Symposium

Teacher/Scholar Working Conference

Santa Fe, New Mexico

April 25-27, 2014

The Northern Arizona History Academy Teaching American History (NAHA TAH) program convened a teacher/scholar symposium on Southwest migration history in Santa Fe, New Mexico April 25-27, 2014. The symposium was a collaborative effort between the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region (TPS), the Western History Association (WHA), Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), and the Department of History at Northern Arizona University (NAU).  Join the conversation online at the TPS Teachers Network http://tpsteachersnetwork.org.

Goals of the teacher/scholar collaboration:

  • Share and discuss scholarship and teaching ideas on Migration history in the Southwest in person and on the TPS Teachers Network http://tpsteachersnetwork.org;
  • Collaborate and create learning plans for middle and high school students that are aligned to the Career and College Readiness Common Core standards, so that students, too, might learn about the region, read and analyze primary sources, and engage in historical inquiry;
  • Meet the objectives of the TPS Level I and II goals, which includes an emphasis on the importance of primary-source based learning and instruction, the utility of TPS instructional tools such as primary source analysis guides, the importance of selecting apt sources and effective instructional strategies, and the use of sources to teach literacy skills and inquiry. This also includes attention to the evidence of student learning to assess the value of primary-based instruction;
  • Visit historic sites to increase understanding of the Southwest and the many peoples who lived there.
  • Present work for the TPS Teachers Network and the Western History Association Conference Oct 15-18, 2014 in Newport Beach, California.
  • Present the lessons at local conferences.

Santa Fe/Western History Association Panels

Panel 1: Migrations in Southwest History: A Big History View

  • James Brooks, “Continental Drifts: Space, Time and Migration in the Greater Southwest”
  • Rachel St. John, “Migration and the U.S.-Mexico Border”
  • Teachers: Gabe Gomez, Eric Newcombe, Tim Tomlinson, and Sara Stahl

Panel 2: Global West

  • David Wrobel, “The Global West of the 19th Century: Travel, Empire, and Frontier Mythology”
  • Katherine Benton-Cohen, “Borderline Americans: Talking about Class Conflict and Global Immigration in the Southwest”
  • Teachers: Mitch Askew, Cody Canning, Tahia Farooque, and Molly Goulden

Panel 3: Implications of Migration: Economics and Politics in the Southwest

  • David Wilkins, “A Constitutional Confession: The ‘Peculiar’ Status of Native Nations in the U.S.”
  • Kent Blansett, “Complicating Red Power: A Political History of Mohawk Activist Richard Oakes, 1942-1972”
  • Teachers: Logan Brumm, Lee Irby, Shelly Stearns, and Veronica Villegas


Participants: (See bios here)

Western History Association Teaching Committee

Brian Collier, Notre Dame University, Faculty of Supervision and Instruction

Western History Scholars

Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University

Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska Omaha

James Brooks, School of Advanced Research

Rachel St. John, New York University

David Wilkins, Univ of Minnesota

David Wrobel, University of Oklahoma

NAHA TAH Secondary Teachers

Mitch Askew, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Logan Brumm, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Cody Canning, Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, Arizona

Tahia Farooque, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Gabe Gomez, Sinagua Middle School. Flagstaff, Arizona

Molly Goulden, Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Lee Irby, Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Eric Newcombe, Williams High School, Williams, Arizona

Sara Stahl, Sinagua Middle School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Shelly Stearns, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Tim Tomlinson, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona

Veronica Villegas, Sinagua Middle School, Flagstaff, Arizona


Kathy Zimski, Teacher Mentor

Whitney Biggerstaff, NAHA TAH Assistant

Mary McCarthy, NAHA TAH Assistant

Linda Sargent Wood, NAHA TAH Project Director

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region

Peggy O’Neill-Jones, Professor of Journalism and Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University, Denver and Director of LOC TPS Western Region,

Mary Johnson, Teacher Consultant

Taylor Kendal, Project Coordinator