Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 05/31/07

Civil War Preservation Trust Hosts Summit for Educators in Historic Chattanooga

Sixth annual Teacher Institute features prominent historians and showcases strategies for bringing the Civil War-era alive for young Americans

(Chattanooga, Tenn.) - This summer two hundred elementary, middle and high school teachers from around the nation will converge in Chattanooga, Tenn. to take part in the Civil War Preservation Trust's (CWPT) annual Teacher Institute. The three-day summit will offer educators an opportunity to meet and discuss the successful tactics they employ in their classrooms, as well as participate in workshops and attend lectures by top historians.

Entering its sixth year, the CWPT Teacher Institute is a premiere event for educators interested in enhancing their own knowledge of the Civil War era. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech and includes some of the country's foremost Civil War historians, including James I. "Bud" Robertson. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is also helping CWPT host the event.

"We at CWPT are committed to providing quality educational resources for history teachers," said CWPT President James Lighthizer. "These enthusiastic educators bring Civil War battlefields to life for young Americans, creating another generation of preservationists and history lovers."

A wide variety of topics will be covered at this year's Institute, ranging from cultural aspects of the era, such as press coverage, music and dancing, to more martial concerns like leadership techniques of army commanders and the logistics of supplying the boys in blue and gray. More academic topics like causes of the conflict and the implications of slavery's end will also be addressed.

The most popular aspect of the Teacher Institute is the exclusive tours of Civil War battlefields by prominent historians. This year's Institute will also include seminars as well as site visits to the Chickamauga or Lookout Mountain Battlefield.

As in previous years, Virginia Tech will offer attendees 1.5 units of continuing education credit upon successful completion of the program.

The Institute is offered free of charge to teachers, but they or their school districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event. Through the generosity of the John J. Pohanka Family Foundation and the HTR Foundation, CWPT is able to offer a limited number of stipends (of up to $1,500 each) to help defray the costs of attendance for interested educators. To be eligible, a teacher must be a first-time attendee and be traveling from out of state for the event. Stipends will be awarded by a panel of judges and reflect that individual's anticipated attendance costs.

In addition to the annual Teacher Institute, CWPT offers a wide variety of educational programs, including specially designed curricula for in-depth study of Civil War history at the fifth, eighth and eleventh grade levels. CWPT also sponsors an interactive "traveling trunk" program that includes a variety of hands-on items that help students feel more connected to the era as they study. Additionally, CWPT annually awards one active classroom with the A. Wilson Greene Scholarship, a stipend to help fund a field trip to Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War in Petersburg, Virginia.

For more information on the Teacher Institute or one of CWPT's other education programs, please call (301) 665-1400 or email

With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our country's remaining Civil War battlefields. Since 1987, the organization has saved more than 24,000 acres of hallowed ground nationwide. CWPT's website is located at


  • Jim Campi or Mary Koik (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861

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