Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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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 session of this week-long program 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.

  • At Ford's Theatre, investigate the intricacies of the plot to assassinate President Lincoln and study Lincoln's measured political approach through his oratory and his relationship with Frederick Douglass.
  • At Tudor Place, unearth lesser-told stories of urban slavery and Confederate sympathizers in Washington, along with the complexities of compensated emancipation.
  • At President Lincoln's Cottage, bridge past and present conversations about race and emancipation to reflect on the ongoing legacies of Lincoln's unfinished work.
  • At Frederick Douglass's home, Cedar Hill, dissect Douglass's words and examine his lifelong struggle against injustice.

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.

Summer Sessions

Civil War Washington will be offered virtually in 2021. More information and how to apply will be available in January.

“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


Evaluation Report

This report synthesizes the impact of the Teaching Fellows Program on teachers’ knowledge, efficacy and pedagogy and teachers’ perceptions of how their learning will impact their students’ learning.


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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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