Examine how the Civil War and Reconstruction have been remembered across time through the study of our nation’s capital’s monuments and memorials, in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th grade teachers.

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.
  • 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.
  • Engage in the current national dialogue about monuments with fellow teachers from around the country, and learn how to facilitate the dialogue in your classroom.
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; 
  • Techniques to use historic sites and speeches as primary sources and to get your students on their feet performing speeches and using critical thinking skills.
  • Comfort leading nuanced discussions with your students of how our country’s history is reflected in and continues to impact our world today; and
  • Comfort leading nuanced discussions with your students of how our country’s history is reflected in and continues to impact our world today.

This program is designed for teachers grades 3-12.

Summer Session

July 22 – 27, 2018

Applications will open online November, 2017.
Applications will be due Monday, April 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Friday, April 27, 2018.

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

- Program Participant