Pioneer Valley Museum Project (PVMA)
Turns helps K-12 teachers design curriculum that looks at important themes in American History as they were manifest at the last three century marks (1700, 1800 and 1900). The project is aligned with the new Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks in its goals and content, especially in its emphasis on primary sources of historical knowledge, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's collections. PVMA's holdings represent the history of Massachusetts and New England over the last four centuries, and are a rich source of curriculum resources.
The objectives include: 1) study the three time periods under the tutelage of humanities scholars, 2) design a range of curriculum activities that use primary sources and target students at elementary and secondary levels, 3) identify primary resources in the PVMA collections that support these curriculum activities, 4) digitize these sources, and 5) create web-based version of the curriculum activities. Teachers have designed curriculum activities and are now selecting PVMA sources that support them. Curriculum activities are supported by a pilot web-site and which will be tested in the teachers' classes. Student teachers from the UMass/Amherst School of Education and specializing in History and Social Studies work with the teachers as they prepare and pilot the curricula. Scholars from the History Department advise on historical content and curriculum development.
Authors / DevelopersPioneer Valley Memorial Association
Frontier Regional/Union 38 School Systems
David M. Hart, Elizabeth Terhune , David Gosselin, Victoria Getis
Center for Educational Software Development
Robert Malloy and Marcia Rudman
School of Education
Department of History
Greenfield Community College
Straight Ahead Pictures
The Deerfield Arts Partnership
The Center for Educational Software Development collaborated with the Pocumtuck Valley Museum Association (PVMA) and local schools on this history-based website. Funding has been provided by NEH.