Global Voyages, National Identity, Hidden Histories: Salem and the New Nation

In partnership with the National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Part of a series : Land, Water, and the Human Geography of Early America: Learning from Places

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Inquiry, Evaluating visual (material) evidence


6 PDPs / 1 graduate credit if all three programs in the series are completed


Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $200 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Especially for educators of grades 3-12

Prior to the Revolution, Salem shipping was a “pipeline” for goods to and from the slave labor plantations of the English West Indies. After, Salem voyages to India, China, Sumatra, Mauritius, the South Sea Islands and elsewhere fueled American capitalism–and American curiosity about the wider world. But this prosperity, like earlier waves, was built on human suffering, environmental degradation and labor exploitation.

Spend the day with Primary Source and National Park Service specialists at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, learning what the storehouses, merchant homes and public buildings of this once-major maritime city can reveal about larger themes of America’s global history.

Object learning with trade goods, inquiry with historic maps and other archival sources, and a scholar presentation by award-winning historian Dane Morrison (Salem State University) will anchor our day.

An afternoon extension visit (optional; and free of charge) to the Peabody Essex Museum will be available. (This includes the special summer exhibit In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting.)

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


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