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Kent State University (Kent, OH 44242-0001)
Todd Hawley (Project Director: February 2019 to May 2022)
Laura L. Davis (Co Project Director: September 2019 to May 2022)

Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

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$187,393 (approved)
$185,328 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Making Meaning of May 4th: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in US History

Two one-week workshops for 72 school teachers on the 1970 Kent State Shootings.

The Kent State Shootings, occurring May 4, 1970 when the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students and wounded nine others during a student protest against the Vietnam War, is considered to be a turning point in American history. Its implications for First Amendment rights, excessive use of government force, and the importance of younger generations seeking to make a difference, all continue to have a relevant echo today, with their lessons more important now than ever. As the event reaches the fifty-year mark in 2020, teachers will convene at this National Historic Landmark site where they will engage with scholars and eyewitnesses, explore the May 4 Visitors Center, Walking Tour, and the extensive May 4 Collection to develop a deeper understanding of this historical event. Teachers will develop transformative lessons to engage their students in deep study of May 4 and transcendent historical themes including freedom of speech, student activism, and peaceful protest.