Common Ground NEH Summer Institute
Common Ground is a two-week NEH Summer Institute for twenty-five K-12 teachers focused on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (GAPE), from roughly the end of the Civil War to World War I. Led by State University of New York (SUNY-Cortland) historians Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch, Common Ground offers a comparative residential experience where participants pursue parallel thematic tracks in New York City and the Adirondacks. By spending a week in each landscape, studying its history, geography, and sources, summer scholars are prepared to consider the vital linkages connecting these regions. Framed by a sustained discussion of land's centrality to American identity, Common Ground invites participants to deepen their understanding of the GAPE from the comparative perspective of two contrasting landscapes.