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 around 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.


Steve Armstrong captured Henry Hicks when he said, "Henry WAS NEHTA."

Henry was a lovable Renaissance man. A self-proclaimed Tory who believed that the British should have won the Revolution, he was a scholar, raconteur, and middle school social studies teacher for many years. Oh, to have sat in on a few of those classes!

Henry had two notable passions, circuses and military music. He and his wife Amy had arguably the most valuable personal/private collection of circus memorabilia in the world and were honored guests at well-known circus venues. In his circus library, I saw a book from the 14th century. Last count, Henry had over 1500 military cds from around the world

Henry was a voracious reader of history and also a well-known re-enactor, portraying John Adams at the Adams National Park and other groups, notably at the House of Delegates at National Council for the Social Studies when the New England History Teachers Association celebrated its 100th Anniversary.

Henry was also a Primitive Methodist minister, still giving sermons in his 80's. And what an enjoyable speaker! When I asked him to be the keynote speaker at the annual Connecticut Council for Social Studies Conference, Henry chose as his topic, "Everything that is wrong about CT," with quotes. Did I mention that he was also proud to be the official hog reeve of Needham, MA?

So many more wonderful stories to be told about this remarkable man, mentor and cherished friend.

-Sandy Senior-Dauer

Henry was one of a kind and the soul of NEHTA. Always welcoming and spirited, Henry embodied the collegiality of history lovers and teachers.

-Charles Newhall

Henry Hicks was a giant in NEHTA when I first joined the organization. To me, he WAS NEHTA.

-Steve Armstrong

Obituary for Henry Francis Hicks Jr. | Eaton Funeral Home


Latest News & Updates

  • April 10, 2022 - On Saturday, April 23 ASCH (The Association for the Study of Connecticut History) will host a full-day virtual conference on the topic of "Teaching History with Courage." Secondary school teachers, university instructors, pre-service teachers, and others interested in the teaching of history and controversies related to this topic are all invited to attend. High school and college students are also invited to attend.

    • Keynote sessions will be presented by Professor David Blight from Yale University, who will speak on the main theme of the conference and by Professor Manisha Sinha from the University of Connecticut, who will speak on the controversies surrounding the teaching of slavery.

    • A panel discussion by educators on the topic of "Teaching History with Courage" will follow Dr. Blight's presentation. This will be followed by a panel on "Accessing Digital Resources in History." An early afternoon panel will focus on "Fostering Inclusivity in History and Social Studies Education," with separate sessions on "African History in Global and Local Contexts," "Hispanic and Latino Voices in the Curriculum and Archives," and "LGBTQ History from Connecticut's Past and Present." A special part of the "Hispanic and Latino Voices" panel will be a presentation by Dr. Paul Ortiz from the University of Florida.

    • The final panel of the afternoon will be on "Disrupting White Supremacy in American History." Nataliya Braginsky, the 2021 Gilder Lehrman National American History Teacher of the Year, will be part of this panel.

    • To register for this conference, please click

      • The cost to attend the conference is $15 for non members, $10 for members, and free for students and presenters.

    • To see the full schedule for the conference please visit

  • March 19, 2021 - The NEHTA is proud to announce the recipients of its annual awards for 2020...

      • Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed (Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard) - Kidger University Award

      • Mr. William G. Jordan (Teacher, Philips Exeter Academy) - Kidger Secondary Award

      • Ms. Rena Klein (Board Member, NEHTA) - Hicks-Kennedy Award

        • For more information on the criteria for these awards, and how to nominate future candidates, be sure to visit the "Awards" section of our website.

        • Please click here to read a brief bio on the 2020 Kidger Award winners.

  • March 19, 2021 - Details on the 2021 Laska Award nomination process have been modified, including the deadline to apply, which is May 1, 2021. Please see the most up to date form by clicking here or visiting the Awards page.

  • March 26, 2019 - On Monday, March 18, 2019, the NEHTA held its annual awards ceremony following NERC49 at Framingham State University. The award winners were as follows...

      • Dr. Robert Allison (Professor, Suffolk University) - Kidger University Award

      • Mr. Nathan Rand (Teacher, Weymouth High School) - Kidger Secondary Award

      • Ms. Siobhan McKenna (Student at Stonehill College, Student Teaching at Norton High)- Vera Laska Award

      • Mr. Keith Dauer (Board Member, NEHTA) - Hicks-Kennedy Award

        • For more information on the criteria for these awards, and how to nominate future candidates, be sure to visit the "Awards" section of our website.

        • Be sure to read their acceptance speeches in an upcoming issue of the New England Journal of History!

2019 NEHTA Award Winners and their Presenters (left to right, top row... Michael Medeiros, Melissa Beck, Dr. Robert Allison, Keith Dauer, Lori Bihler... left to right, bottom row... Nathan Rand, Siobhan McKenna, Charles Newhall)

2019 NEHTA Kidger University Award Winner (Dr. Robert Allison) and his Presenter (Charles Newhall)

2019 NEHTA Vera Laska Award Winner (Siobhan McKenna) and her Presenter (Melissa Beck)

2019 NEHTA Kidger Secondary Award Winner (Nathan Rand) and his Presenter (Michael Medeiros)

2019 NEHTA Hicks-Kennedy Award Winner (Keith Dauer) and his Presenter (Charles Newhall)

  • February 25, 2019 - Details on the 2019 Laska Award nomination process have been modified, including the deadline to apply, which is March 1. Please see the most up to date form by clicking here.

  • January 25, 2019 - A few new resources have been added to the various sections within our Resources tab, so be sure to explore around and check them out.

  • January 23, 2019 - The NEHTA is seeking input from YOU in order to help shape our next annual conference. Please fill out the Google Form linked here to let us know what topic(s) interest you, and what day(s) would work best.

  • October 13, 2018 - Unfortunately, our Annual Conference (1918: 100 Years Later), which was planned for October 20, 2018 has been cancelled. Our sincerest of apologies to all those who were interested, but please stay tuned to NEHTA for other potential conferences and events. If you had already registered for the conference on 1918 at Sturbridge on October 20, we will be in contact with you ASAP in regards to refunding your cost.

  • September 13, 2018 - Information, registration, and payment options for NEHTA's 2018 Annual Conference (1918: 100 Years Later) are now available. Please see the "Annual Conference" page for more details.

  • September 12, 2018 - Our website has been completely redesigned with a fresh new look, and received some additions to our "Resources" and "Annual Conference" pages, so be sure to check everything out, and let us know what you think via e-mail.