1. How do I register? (and is there a registration fee?)
You can register through the registration button at the top of this page, or click here to register. There is no registration fee, though you can make an initial donation to help support the work that Primary Source is doing in schools, and you can fundraise as part of your participation in HistoryThon. On the registration page, please indicate the fundraising you are planning to do related to your walk(s) and site visit(s).
2. What happens after I register?
When your registration is complete, we will send you a packet with participation information about HistoryThon, including the African American Trail Project map of walks, trails, and sites, a wristband, and a Discussion Guide about African American history. The map in the packet is augmented by a Primary Source database of walks, trails, and sites throughout the U.S. from publicly available sources. Please be in touch if you have not received your packet, or if you have any questions about it. (Link to list and Discussion Guide to come soon)
3. How do I stay safe in the pandemic?
While being outside is fun and the best way to participate and fundraise, please abide by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local guidelines for the prevention of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and other communicable diseases. The CDC guidelines can be found here.
If your community has a shelter in place order, please abide by this regulation for the duration of the order.
Please be sure to follow all local safety ordinances, such as walking on a sidewalk whenever possible. Follow the rules of the road if neither a sidewalk nor a multi-use trail is available
4. Can I use the HistoryThon materials in my classroom?
Yes, feel free to use the materials in conjunction with any curricula you are using. Encourage your students to learn about African American history and to share their knowledge and these materials with their families.
5. What is a team and how do I create one?
A team is a group of participants who complete HistoryThon together, either in person or virtually. A team creates one overall fundraising goal on the GoFundMe Charity platform, though each team member has his/her own fundraising page to use during the campaign.
When you register on GoFundMe Charity, there is an option to create a team. If you check “yes”, you will be asked to choose a team name. Your team name will be searchable on GoFundMe so your friends and family can join you!
6. Do I need to fundraise in order to participate?
One of the main objectives of HistoryThon is to sustain the mission and work of Primary Source. Fundraising is optional, though if you wish to fundraise, we would be tremendously grateful. Here are some tips and tools (coming soon) to support your fundraising efforts.
7. What if I can’t participate but would like to support HistoryThon?
We welcome you to support HistoryThon, with the assurance that your contribution will sustain our critically important work to prepare teachers to become informed and confident educators of African American history. This includes revisions, updates, and digitization of content associated with our Making Freedom sourcebooks.
8. I have finished my walk(s) and/or site visits. What next?
Continue learning! We have created a thoughtfully curated list of resources that you can access here (coming soon). On a procedural note, use the Google Form that we sent you at registration to record your experience. This form records how many miles you have walked and/or sites you have visited. Prizewinners will be selected based on those forms.
9. Are all of the sites in Massachusetts?
The majority of sites on the African American Trail Project map are located in Massachusetts, though there are many more walks, trails, and sites in other locations in the United States that we have included in the Primary Source database here. You can also explore walks, trails, and sites that we haven’t listed where you live or work in order to connect with local African American history and share with us.
10. What if I am unable to walk but want to participate?
The goal of HistoryThon is to sustain the work of Primary Source while raising awareness about local African American history and elevating and prioritizing the study of African American history in schools. If you can’t walk, many of the sites are accessible by car. If that is not possible, there is a wealth of information available for exploration online, including histories, timelines, and maps about many fascinating sites, personalities, and events. We would be grateful for your virtual participation and any support you can give to underwrite our work and mission.