2017 Teachers Institute: Evolving Perspectives of the Civil War

Complement your classroom teaching with content and techniques from our annual Teachers Institute. The week-long program features expert content from historians and Museum staff, hands-on field trips, and lesson plans ready to customize for your students.

Applications for the 2018 Teachers Institutes are now open. Apply here

24th Annual Teachers Institute | In the Midst of War | July 9 - 13, 2018
$125, Members- $110 


What actions did enslaved people take to shape the war?  Why did women break the bonds of social convention to become nurses? Where did soldiers’ dreams take them as they slept miles from home?  How did people respond when the battlefield and the home front collided?  This institute will explore the multifaceted experiences of individuals as they attempted to carry on their lives in the midst of war.

Through lectures, tours, and discussions, participants will acquire information that will enable them to go beyond the textbook.  Teachers will receive specially designed curriculum resources, utilizing copies of primary source documents that will make a hands-on approach to history possible.  Additionally, the Institute’s collaborative environment will encourage teachers to learn from each other as they work together to develop lessons for their classrooms.  Finally, attendees will receive a certificate of completion for 30 hours, which can be used toward recertification points in most school systems.

The registration fee includes all sessions, tours, and supplies.  Lunch and lodging are not covered by the fee.  Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the Institute will result in a forfeiture of the registration fee.

2018 Institute Highlights

Featured Speakers (in order of appearance)

Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D., Tucker-Boatwright Professor in Humanities, and founding chair of the American Civil War Museum.

Audrey Paulette Davis, Director of Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria, Virginia.

Prof. Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., Associate Professor and Research Archivist, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library University of Virginia.

Jonathan W. White, PhD, Associate Professor of American Studies and Senior Fellow, Center for American Studies, Christopher Newport University.

Special Tours

Bus Tour: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park with Beth Parnicza, park historian and Peter Maugle, education coordinator.

Walking Tour: Civil War Richmond.

Onsite tours: A behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s collection storage and flag vault, a guided tour of the White House of the Confederacy, and an exploration of Brown's Island.

Institute Schedule 

Download the 2018 Institute Schedule to see all of the sessions and tours we have planned. 

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For more information, please contact:

Kelly Hancock
804.649.1861, ext. 121

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