NEH Landmarks Workshop for Schoolteachers 2017

Dickinson Homestead

photo by Steve Fratoni

Workshop Information:

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Emily Dickinson:  Person, Poetry, and Place
A Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop

Session I:  July 9-14, 2017
Session II:  July 23-28, 2017

I dwell in Possibility -
A fairer House than Prose -
More numerous of Windows -
Superior - for Doors -

We invite K-12 Educators to join us for a unique opportunity to dwell in the world of one of America's greatest poets! In July 2017 the Emily Dickinson Museum will host "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry and Place," an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Unpublished in her lifetime, Emily Dickinson’s poetry is considered among the finest in the English language. Her intriguing biography and the complexity of her poems have bred an intimacy and obsession with the poet’s life and work that are far more pronounced for Dickinson than for any other American poet. A resident of Amherst, Massachusetts, for her entire life, Dickinson drew inspiration for her work from the social, cultural, and natural environments in which she grew up.

This Workshop will offer participants a deeper understanding of the forces that shaped Dickinson's development as a poet and a greater appreciation for the quiet yet powerful presence she exerted at home, within her community, and, now, throughout the world. A diverse range of experiences will illuminate Dickinson's life and poetry and inspire you to share that poetry as well as Dickinson's story with your students back home.

By clicking on the links under "Workshop Information" to the right, you will find out more information about the Workshop. Applications are due March 1, 2017.  We look forward to welcoming you to Amherst to "dwell in Possibility"!

From a recent Summer Scholar:

"The Emily Dickinson Landmarks Workshop was an incredible experience, and it will radically change the way that I teach Emily Dickinson. The workshop allowed me to see beyond the conventional textbook depiction of Dickinson to the more complex, multi-faceted woman that she truly was, and consequently I will be better able to explore her poetry with my students at a much deeper, personal level. I also came away with a much greater appreciation of the historic context of her work, as well as the effect of place on her work, and I will also incorporate this into my teaching. In short, what was once a few short days devoted to the poetry of Emily Dickinson will now become a full unit that integrates many interconnected aspects of the times she lived in, her life and her work."

About the Landmarks Program

Landmarks Workshops provide K-12 educators from across the United States the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history. The one-week academies give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.  For general information about the Landmarks program, please visit

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.