History Outside the Box

We have all spent more time at home in the last 20 months than we ever imagined, leading historians to find ways to take history outside the box or classroom. Alexandra F. Levy describes how #HATM has created a community of historians chatting online about popular movies every Sunday night since 2018. During the pandemic, Rachel Mesch, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, and Annette Joseph-Gabriel created and adapted the “Teach Your Family” assignment as an inspired twist on the student presentation. Finally, Patrick Rael uses history-inspired board games to encourage his students to keep “Playing with the Past.”

Photo: Patrick Rael

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Perspectives on History November 2021 Cover. Grey cover with a color photograph of the board setup for the game Endeavor: Age of Sail. Small game pieces are placed on a map and the tagline History Outside the Box.


Ashley E. Bowen, editor
Laura Ansley, managing editor
Alana Venable, research and publications assistant
Alexandra F. Levy, digital communications coordinator
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