Learn about the Lincoln assassination and the roots of Reconstruction in the nation’s capital.

Join up to 25 teachers to learn about the aftermath of the Lincoln assassination, its ramifications for Reconstruction and the long-term legacy of the 16th president.

  • Learn how Washington’s transformation during the Civil War laid the groundwork for Reconstruction in our nation’s capital.
  • Explore the Lincoln assassination, the trial of the conspirators and their lasting implications for our military and civil justice systems.
  • Examine the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, their historical significance and their relevance today.
  • 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.
  • Examine how the Civil War has been remembered across time through the study of monuments and memorials.
  • Get hands-on experience researching and reading documents, images and places as primary sources.
After The Seat of War and Peace program you will have:
  • A virtual knapsack of digital tools and resources; 
  • Lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators; 
  • The research skills to get your students working with primary sources in physical and digital archives; and 
  • Comfort leading nuanced discussions with your students of how our country’s history is reflected in and continues to impact our world today.

During the following school year, take part in a digital professional learning community designed to support integration of your summer learning. 

This program is designed for teachers grades 3-12.

Summer Session

July 23-28, 2017

Apply by April 3, 2017, to be part of The Seat of War and Peace fellowship. To complete the application, you will need a statement of support from your principal as well as completing our online application.

*Lunch is provided daily. Housing and travel for National-Boarder participants is included.

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

- Program Participant

*The Seat of War and Peace 2016 and 2017 Programs are funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, enabling Ford’s Theatre Society to offer these programs at no cost to participants. In return, over the course of the following school year, teachers will assist in collecting research data for Ford’s Theatre Society and The George Washington University School of Education by providing written feedback and video of classroom teaching, contributing to monthly virtual meetings, and sharing related teaching and learning practices with one another and the greater online educator community.