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The city of Washington was a complex, gritty, unfinished and precarious place during the Civil War. In this institute, connect with peers to illuminate new perspectives and under-told stories, explore historic sites and collect a wealth of resources. Gain tools to help students grapple with histories whose legacies matter today.

Each week-long session of the Catherine B. Reynold Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Institute accommodates up to 24 K-12 educators.

The partners within the Civil War Washington Consortium are committed to investigating the Civil War in all its complexity, and seek applicants with diverse experiences* who bring a variety of perspectives to the week of learning.

*Including but not limited to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, professional experience, geographic region.

Discover historical sites in Washington, D.C., to share with students.

  • With Frederick Douglass’s home, Cedar Hill, investigate the power of photography and track how Douglass and others used it to battle for progress. Examine what historical images and representations tell us about Douglass, Cedar Hill, and the area.
  • With Tudor Place, unearth Civil War stories told by women in Georgetown to examine truth in memory.
  • With Ford’s Theatre, engage storytelling and perspective-taking through historical drama to examine President Lincoln’s leadership and his relationship with Frederick Douglass.
  • With President Lincoln’s Cottage, Bridge past and present conversations about race and emancipation to reflect on the ongoing legacies of Lincoln's unfinished work.

Learn new strategies and resources you can apply in the classroom.

  • Access a wealth of resources and primary sources to use in your classroom.
  • Improve historical thinking skills and gain confidence tackling historical complexities.
  • Forge lasting connections with peer educators.
  • Network with museum educators to help support your students with site-specific learning.
  • Reflect on your personal understanding of the Civil War and its impact on your teaching.
  • Gain a new perspective on the capital city.

Program Details and Credit

  • Successful completion of the program certifies 18 hours of professional development.
  • Graduate credit is available through Trinity University Washington: three (3) credits for $375.
  • Approximately two (2) hours of additional material will be assigned for participants to complete before each video-meeting, totaling a daily commitment of approximately three (3) hours.


“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


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“Incredibly effective at providing knowledge, skills, and experiences to support meaningful teaching about The Civil War.”
Maia Sheppard, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Washington University
Participants in the 2017 Civil War Washington program visit Fort Stevens. Photo by Alex Wood.

The Civil War Washington Consortium