Join up to 24 teachers to explore the nation’s capital as President Lincoln would have known it during the Civil War. During The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington program, you will learn how to use historical sites and primary sources in the classroom, all while developing lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators.

These week-long programs are designed for teachers grades 3-12.

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

  • 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.
  • Visit historic Anacostia and the gracious home of Frederick Douglass as he helped raise up the formerly enslaved during and after Reconstruction.

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

  • Explore a variety of digital tools and resources that can help you harness the power of primary sources in the classroom.
  • Discover oratory skills that can get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass
  • Gain confidence taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures
  • Learn 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 34 contact hours.

Summer Sessions


June 28 - July 3, 2020

Cost: Free
Local participants provide their own accommodations and transportation to program locations each day. Lunch is provided daily.
Applications for Summer 2020 will open November 1, 2019.


July 12 - 17, 2020

Cost: $500 (scholarships available for select applicants)
Program fee includes round-trip air fare and six nights in the historic, Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Lunch is provided daily.
Applications for Summer 2020 will open November 1, 2019.

“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.

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