weeksville – lesson three


Participants will be able to think critically about the role that Weeksville Heritage Center currently plays in its community, and discuss and form opinions on ways the Heritage Center could expand on its current work further to interpret the importance and impact of this historic site.

Intended for all ages


Let’s explore the five w’s of Weeksville: who, what, when, where, why

Discover a new version of NYC

Read AD 2150 by W.E.B Du Bois. What have you learned about this futuristic NYC? What has already happened? What hasn’t happened yet?

Imagine the future

Chart out your own thoughts about the future. What technologies do you think will be available in 2150? What do you think will still be around? What do you think will happen? 

Define your vision

Using your notes from the reading and your own thoughts about the future, what images or text would you add to your futuristic advertisement for Weeksville? What images are you incorporating? What is being highlighted?

Create the poster

Create your poster or other form of advertisement using the materials that excite you most or that you have on hand. Share your posters with us via Instagram or email. We might post them (with your permission of course!)


Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. A. D. 2150, 1950. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries