Professional Development on the American Civil War  

July 25-28, 2013
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

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What is the Teacher Institute? 


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The Civil War Trust Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development for K-12 educators focused exclusively on the American Civil War.  Join us in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as we explore the history of the Civil War and new methods for instruction. 


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The Four-Day National Teacher Institute

The National Teacher Institute allows educators multiple days to investigate the American Civil War and the latest instructional methods related to such a challenging topic.

The National Teacher Institute consists of a two-day program bookended by optional events. The Teacher Institute is free to educators while the optional programs entail nominal fees only to offset the Civil War Trust’s additional costs. Civil War Trust membership is required to attend the Teacher Institute.

Pre-conference Workshop

Description: A three hour workshop based on ideas you put forward. The pre-conference workshop will feature discussions on topics that participants submit prior to the workshop.  The discussions will in some cases be led by the participants while other discussions will be guided by historians with a background in a specific subject. Because teachers are the experts this will provide a space for them to come together to discuss challenges they are facing, problem solve, and idea share. Schedule TBD.

Date: July 25, 2013

Cost: $25

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* There will be no refunds for Pre-conference Workshop cancellations.

Teacher Institute

Description: A two-day program. Day one will feature a group lunch with historian lecture, multiple workshops, exhibits, dinner, and a keynote address. Day two will feature tours led by local historians.

Date: July 26-27, 2013

Cost: As it has been for the past twelve years, the Teacher Institute is provided free of charge for all K-12 educators.

Additional Requirements:
All Teacher Institute attendees must be members of the Civil War Trust. Become a member »

A deposit of $100 is required upon registration.
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Optional Tour Program

Description: The program on Sunday, July 28 is optional and will run from about 8am to 1pm.

Thanks to some additional funding and budget adjustments, we are able to offer these programs without an additional charge. Simply sign-up through the Teacher Institute registration (above).

Both programs will not have buses; we will have everyone meet at each program's respective location.

Program Choices:

1. The Gettysburg Visitor Center and Museum, which includes tickets to the museum, movie, and cyclorama. This is self-guided.

2. Gettysburg Aftermath in 4D. Join Garry Adelman and special guests for a four-dimensional experience at the Rose Farm.

Date: July 28, 2013

Cost: Free

Registration: To register just complete the Teacher Institute registration. There is a question in the second part of the registration that will sign you up for this day.

Schedule of Events  

*Please note: If a meal is not listed in the schedule below, it is not included in the event.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Noon to 12:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshop Sign-In

12:30pm to 4pm

Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule Creation followed by Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, July 26, 2013

10am to 11am

Teacher Institute Sign-In

11 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch with Featured Speaker

1:15pm to 5:30pm

Workshops, Book Vendors, and Exhibits
Exact schedule TBD

5:30pm to 7:15pm

Dinner with Featured Speaker

Saturday, July 27 2013

8am to 6pm

Tour Gettysburg
Lunch will be provided



Sunday, July 28, 2013

8 am to 1pm

Optional Tour Program

Location & Hotel Accommodations 

The Teacher Institute will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg.

Wyndham Gettysburg 
95 Presidential Circle
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Room rates are $149.00 a night if you book July 3, 2013. When you call inform them that you are part of the Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute. You have to call to get the special price and a room in this block; this will not work by booking online.


Scholarships will be available for first-time attendees. Scholarships cover the attendee's personal travel and lodging costs as well as the Pre-Conference Workshop.

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The Michael Shaara Memorial scholarship is awarded to a teacher who uses literature to engage students in the study of the American Civil War.

Apply for the Michael Shaara Memorial Scholarship »

Attention Massachusetts Teachers:
The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts (MHSM) is sponsoring scholarships specifically for Mass. teachers to the Teacher Institute.

Apply for a Scholarship »


Inform the Trust at as soon as you know that you will have to cancel.

Before May 24, 2013: There is no cancellation fee
After May 24, we apologize, but no refunds will be issued.

There are no refunds for the Pre-Conference Workshop or Optional Tour.

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