New England History Teachers Association

Welcome to the online home of the New England History Teachers Association (NEHTA). Founded in 1897, the NEHTA is the nation's oldest association of history and social studies teachers. Explore our website for more information on our organization and various resources for teaching social studies. Visit us often to stay informed on the latest in both history and education. 

NETHA Endorses OAH/AHA Statement on Use of Historical Information

NEHTA supports the OAH and the AHA as they criticized the incorrect application of historical knowledge on abortion in the determination of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. As purveyors of history education, we must support the use of historical information in an accurate manner and engage in activities that hold accountable organizations who choose to sidestep facts even in the highest offices of our government.

On June 24, 2022, in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not confer the right to abortion, overturning nearly 50 years of precedent established by both Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992).


On Thursday, July 7th, OAH held a webinar examining the Dobbs v. Jackson decision in historical perspective. Erika Lee, OAH President and University of Minnesota, hosted guests Gillian Frank, cohost of Sexing History, Felicia Kornbluh, University of Vermont, and Stacie Taranto, Ramapo College of New Jersey, in a conversation about the history leading to Dobbs and how the ruling could potentially impact other past SCOTUS decisions. The video is available here and the full joint statement from the OAH and AHA can be read here.

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Dear Massachusetts Middle and High School Teachers,

We are reaching out to you on behalf of the USS MASSACHUSETTS Commissioning Committee, with an exciting opportunity for your students to engage in a unique educational experience centered around Massachusetts history and its significant role in the development of the United States Navy.

The USS MASSACHUSETTS naval submarine is scheduled for commissioning in 2025, marking a historic moment for our state and our nation. To celebrate this occasion, the Commissioning Committee is organizing an essay contest for middle and high school students across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We invite you to encourage your students to research and write an essay on a chosen event in Massachusetts history or an aspect of the role of Massachusetts in the development of the United States Navy. The essay can focus on an individual, an event or moment, a specific ship, a policy, or a place at a particular historical time.

Twelve winners will be selected, and they will have the unique opportunity to be invited to the commissioning ceremony in Boston, MA. Additionally, their essays will be framed and permanently installed within the submarine, creating a lasting legacy. Winners will also be invited to the post-reception ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

The deadline for essay submissions is June 15, 2024. More details, including submission guidelines, can be found on our website at We encourage you to share this information with your students, inspiring them to explore the rich history of Massachusetts and the vital role it played in shaping the U.S. Navy.

Thank you for your support in promoting this educational opportunity. We look forward to receiving insightful and creative essays from your students.

Best regards,

USS MASSACHUSETTS Commissioning Committee