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Set in Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments and Myths

Examine monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital and learn how the Civil War and Reconstruction have been remembered throughout American history. You will develop new skills and strategies to take back to the classroom, all while making lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators.

This week-long program is designed for teachers grades 3-12.

Discover historical content to share with students.

  • Learn how Washington’s transformation during the Civil War laid the groundwork for Reconstruction.
  • Learn about the role of Contraband Camps in Washington, the growth of historic Anacostia, the Freedmen’s Village at Arlington, and how African-American leaders like Frederick Douglass and others engaged in politics and the fight for civil liberties.
  • Learn how iconic and lesser-known memorials came to be, and how our built environment continues to be a dynamic landscape.

Develop historical thinking skills.

  • Examine monuments and memorials to better understand how the Civil War has been remembered throughout history.
  • Get hands-on experience analyzing documents, speeches, images and historic sites as primary sources.
  • Engage in the current national dialogue about monuments with fellow teachers from around the country.

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.
  • Learn how to lead nuanced discussions with your students of how our country’s history is reflected in our communities and physical spaces - and continues to impact us today.

Program Details and Credit

  • Successful completion of the program certifies 20 hours of professional development.
  • Graduate Credit is available through Trinity University Washington: Three (3) credits for $375.
  • Live and independent learning: Each program day will consist of one or two live video-meetings, and additional homework. Live video meetings will not be recorded. 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 to four (3 - 4) hours.
  • Platform and Accessibility: The program will be hosted on Zoom, and we expect to use participant cameras, microphones, and chat features. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding technology or accessibility and we will work with you to find a solution.
  • Set in Stone accommodates up to 100 educators. Participants will be assigned learning cohorts of 10-20 fellow educators.


“This experience helped me understand Reconstruction as well as the importance of teaching this time period in American History.”

- Program Participant


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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 Seat of War and Peace program.

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