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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 The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington 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.
  • Upon successful completion of the program participants will receive a certificate stating that they completed 37 contact hours

Summer Sessions

Local Participants

June 17 – 22, 2018

All applicants have been emailed a receipt of their application. If you have not received an email, please contact us. education@fords.org

National Participants

July 8 – 13, 2018

Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Friday, April 27, 2018. All applicants have been emailed a receipt of their application. If you have not received an email, please contact us. education@fords.org

“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

The Civil War Washington Consortium