Institutes & Workshops

Teacher Institutes and Workshops designed to enhance the way you teach the Civil War to your students.

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2023 Summer Teacher Institute

“The American Civil War: How did it come to this?”

The American Civil War Museum is hosting a one-week summer institute running from July 10 – 14, 2023. The institute is for K-12 educators and includes discussions with leading scholars, field trips, and workshop sessions focusing on the techniques and strategies that you can use in your classroom.

Applications are now closed. Selected educators will be notified by April 30.

Drawing from the ideas set forth in our film, “Civil War & Emancipation,” teachers will explore the factors, actions and motivations that drove the people of the United States to go to war against each other. 25 educators will come together at the museum’s Historic Tredegar campus in Richmond, Virginia, for a week of scholar lecture/discussion sessions, museum exploration and artifact examination through which to gain a deeper understanding of what led to the American Civil War. Site visits include walking tours of local historic sites related to the key economic, political and social motivations including the Confederate President’s House, Virginia State Capitol, Shockoe Bottom / Devil’s Half Acre, and a day trip to Goochland County’s historic Jackson Blacksmith Shop and James Madison’s Montpelier to see “The Mere Distinction of Colour,” a civil war battlefield encampment and a post-war freedman’s family farm site.

Contact Ana Edwards, Education Programs Manager