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Making Americans, Making America (MAMA)

Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution

A Teaching American History Grant Program


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The Making Americans, Making America program (MAMA) developed graduate history courses for K-12 teachers in Wisconsin*. Several hundred teachers attended one or more of these courses. As with all Teaching American History programs, the purpose of these courses was to improve the American historical content in the nation’s classrooms. Over its four years, these courses examined the history of the United States through the history of the peoples who have lived in the Wisconsin region. These histories were divided into three major sections: Native Americans in the Wisconsin region, European immigration to Wisconsin, and both domestic and foreign migration to Wisconsin since World War II.

Over that period, the members of the University of Wisconsin History Department, guest scholars from other institutions, and the staff of the Chippewa Valley Museum developed innovative ways to approach these topics. Likewise, many of the teachers who completed these courses developed innovative lesson plans related to the topics.

Now that MAMA is over, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for History Teaching and Learning is hosting this legacy site. It contains some of the best lesson plans developed for MAMA, instruction materials developed by MAMA’s staff and guest scholars, and a list of contacts for people who wish more information on these and related topics.

Links to the materials are in the left-hand column. We hope that you find this useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Oscar Chamberlain at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire:

*Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution was funded by a generous grant from the Department of Education’s Teaching American History program. The Lead Educational Agency for the grant was Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) 10, based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Pedagogical content was provided by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire History Department, the Chippewa Valley Museum of Eau Claire, and the UW-Eau Claire Center for History Teaching and Learning. Other partners, who along with CESA 10 provided essential aid in recruiting teachers and in hosting many of the courses, were CESAs 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12.

[The contents of this web site were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.]