Creative thinking for Historians!
these sheets were intuitively created for my invited participation in the 2019 Connecticut League of Historical Organizations (CLHO) annual conference, as an exhibitor and panel participant. after my residency at New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, the CLHO asked me to share my work with their community, and i felt compelled to create some creative worksheets for the historians that would be attending to take away with them.
i could go on here at length, but i'll keep it short and sweet. i believe (like many) that the practice of doing & stewarding history is crucial, inherent, and imperative. i also believe that we are all historians & stewards of history and culture, regardless of our other roles in life, and that it is our duty as historians and stewards of history and culture to always be questioning the reasons why and how we do what we do.
i believe that play and an open heart are as important to the practice of doing history as deeply-cited context and bias-awareness are. reflexivity and constant questioning of one's motives and meanings is crucial to doing and stewarding history in ways that not only create & uphold systems of fairness, equality, and equity, but in ways that serve to demolish the inherent inequality, hatred, and ignorance that are so deeply rooted in what many of us are taught and told the practice of doing & stewarding of history looks like.
please feel free to download these sheets and distribute them at your organization! you are not free, however, to alter or take anything from them without permission.
if you are interested in having me facilitate a CREATIVE THINKING FOR HISTORIANS workshop, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
if you do download & distribute these sheets, all i ask in return is that you give me full credit when doing so, and to consider sending me a thank you, bringing my services as a poet-for-hire and facilitator to your staff and/or community, or donating to the local history, heritage, or site of culture of your choosing.