Built by UMass Boston graduate students in the Spring 2022 course “Digital Public History: Teacher Organizing in Boston,” these exhibits highlight some of the amazing resources — images, interviews, newspaper stories, and more — that live in the Boston Teachers Union Collection at UMass Boston. Come explore them with us!
This exhibit by Meghan Arends focuses on the women of the Boston Teachers Union through their own voices, including the issues in the classroom and the struggles of paraprofessionals.
1974 was one of the most tumultuous years in the history of Boston Public Schools. In this exhibit by Rachel Hoyle, find out how the fight to desegregate Boston’s schools impacted students, teachers, and the BTU.
This exhibit by Elizabeth Mann explores the conflicts and tensions between BTU President Kathy Kelley and four-term Mayor of Boston Kevin White in the challenging years between 1979 and 1983.
This exhibit, by UMass Boston’s Eleanor Katari in partnership with BTU Organizer Ari Branz, holds up the voices and experiences of Black educators during the contentious 1981 layoffs.
This exhibit by Yasmeen Khader explores the battle for bilingual education and immigrant student civil rights in the early 2000s.
Feedback and Suggestions
These exhibits were built over the course of seven weeks, and in some cases, they are still being completed. We welcome any and all feedback! Please complete our survey here or contact us at BTUHistory@gmail.com.