about-crop1The Flow of History is a history education network for Vermont and New Hampshire communities along the Connecticut River Watershed. Flow of History offers professional development to teachers through study groups, book discussions, primary source workshops, and summer institutes.  Since 2001, we have provided programming each year to over 50 teachers from Vermont and New Hampshire districts including, including Dresden/SAU70, Claremont Unified School District/SAU6, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, and the Barre Supervisory Union.

We partner with the Windham Foundation to offer place-based teaching institutes in Grafton, Vermont, each summer. We are also grateful to the Bay & Paul Foundations for their support of our programs.

Flow of History’s mission is to deepen engagement in the natural and cultural history of the Connecticut River watershed in Vermont and New Hampshire through educator professional development and community-based educational activities.

Flow of History offers the following programs and tailors programs to both the pedagogical and content needs of the group.

Professional Development Workshops

  • Primary Sources as Complex Text
  • Introduction to Teaching History with Primary Sources
  • Primary Sources and 21st Topic-Specific Study Groups or Workshops


Topic-Specific Study Groups or Workshops

  • Abenaki and Early Settlement in Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Village Life in Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Investigating Local Connections to the Civil War
  • The Westward Movement
  • Child Labor in Vermont and New Hampshire
Place-Based Workshops and Institutes

    The Flow of History offers a summer institute each year in Grafton, VT, in partnership with The Windham Foundation.
    Yearly themes connect local history to the national story and provide hands-on opportunities to conduct historical inquiry.

Teacher responses to Flow of History programs:

Being a participant in Flow of History book group has meant that I am not reading in isolation with my own closed ideas.

The Primary Source Workshops opened my eyes to activities to use in the classroom to enhance students’ critical thinking skills. A highlight was the modeling of lessons using primary documents.

Working with place-based materials has the potential for tremendous changes in the way I teach and the way kids experience history.

Flow of History
729 Union Village Road
Norwich, VT 05055