Explore the nation’s capital as President Lincoln would have known it during the Civil War, in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers.

During this professional development program, you will join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War!

  • Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, his “Team of Rivals” and the Confederate spies who plotted against him at Ford’s Theatre;
  • Experience the home of a southern sympathizer in historic Georgetown, and learn how she saved her beloved estate from devastation;
  • Learn about Contraband Camps and Emancipation Day as you follow Lincoln’s commute to and from the Old Soldiers’ Home on a hill north of the city; and
  • Visit historic Anacostia and the gracious home of Frederick Douglass as he helped raise up the formerly enslaved during and after Reconstruction.
After the Civil War Washington program, you will have: 
  • A virtual knapsack of digital tools and resources for your classroom; 
  • Lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators; 
  • Improved  oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; 
  • Confidence taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and
  • Skills and strategies on how to use classroom drama to help historic characters come alive.

“This was by far the best summer workshop I have ever attended! Hands-on learning with practical classroom lessons and activities!”

- Social Studies Teacher, Tucson, AZ

Summer Sessions

National Participants

June 18-23, 2017

Apply by April 3, 2017 to join the Civil War Washington fellowship for the week of June 18-23. This session is aimed at national participants.
*Housing, travel and some meals are included 

Local Participants

July 9-14, 2017

Apply by April 3, 2017to join the Civil War Washington fellowship for the week of July 9-14. This session is aimed at local participants.
*Lunch is provided, daily.

The Civil War Washington Consortium

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows 2016 and 2017 Programs are funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, enabling Ford’s Theatre Society to offer these programs at no cost to participants. In return, over the course of the following school year, teachers will assist in collecting research data for Ford’s Theatre Society and The George Washington University School of Education by providing written feedback and video of classroom teaching, contributing to monthly virtual meetings, and sharing related teaching and learning practices with one another and the greater online educator community.