Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 02/24/03

Civil War Preservation Trust and Virginia Tech Announce Civil War Teacher Institute

(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are pleased to announce a joint venture to help educators teach the American Civil War. The project, called the Civil War Teacher Institute, gives teachers tools to make the Civil War come alive in their classrooms.

"We are proud to collaborate with Virginia Tech," remarked CWPT President Jim Lighthizer. "Teachers are a vital part of our preservation efforts. Educators who care about the Civil War will pass along to their students the need to preserve the battlefields and historic sites where the war was fought."

This is the second annual Civil War Teacher Institute hosted by CWPT. The institute provides teachers of grades 4 through 12 with exciting hands-on activities and positive resources to use in the classroom. CWPT is pleased to be working with Dr. James Robertson, Jr. and William C. Davis of Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

"The institute helps bring the study of our nation's most important era back into America's classrooms," noted Davis, who collaborated with Robertson to write Bringing the Civil War to the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers. "Without an understanding of our past, students won't understand our country's present."

The institute will be held at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center in Blacksburg, Va. Highlights include presentations by noted historians William C. Davis and Dr. James Robertson, Jr., a "field trip" to nearby Cloyd's Mountain battlefield, presentations by living historians, sessions on resources and hands-on activities, and period entertainment.

There is no cost to register and meals are included. However, teachers are responsible for their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved for this purpose.

To register, call Jennifer Rosenberry at 301-665-1400 ext 204 or e-mail The deadline for registration is June 15, 2003. To make lodging reservations, call the hotel at 877-200-3360 before June 24, 2003.

CWPT is a 43,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and promoting appreciation of these hallowed grounds. Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies provides an ideal setting to shed new light on the war. 


  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861

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