Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 05/03/10

Civil War Preservation Trust Hosts Summit for Educators in Historic Hagerstown, Maryland

Ninth Annual Teacher Institute Offers Strategies for Bringing History Alive in the Classroom

(Hagerstown, Md.) – This summer, two hundred elementary, middle and high school teachers from around the nation will converge in Hagerstown, Md., 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.

The ninth annual CWPT Teacher Institute will be held July 16–18, 2010 in Hagerstown, Md., with scheduled speakers James I. “Bud” Robertson, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Civil War Studies, Professor Gary Gallagher, the John L. Nau, III, Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, and Jeff Shaara, bestselling author of Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure.

Workshop sessions for this year’s institute include: Scott Hartwig, supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, discussing the Battle of Gettysburg in history and memory; Dr. George Khoury, demonstrating the use of role play in the classroom; Dr. Sharon Shaffer, Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, exploring the power of objects in a museum setting; Garry Adelman, vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography, giving a 3D glimpse into some of Gettysburg’s most iconic images; and Richard Sprecher and Gail Fribush providing hands on activities that will allow students to take a virtual tour of a battlefield.

On Saturday, teachers will travel to Gettysburg to explore the visitor center, view the newly restored Cyclorama and tour the National Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  Three battlefield tours will also be available: Little Round Top with Park Service ranger Scott Hartwig, Pickett’s Charge with ranger Matt Atkinson, and “Gettysburg Then and Now in Photos” with historian Garry Adelman.

A limited number of spaces remain for this unique continuing education opportunity, but interested educators must register by June 30, 2010.  The Teacher Institute is offered free of charge to teachers, but they or their school districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event. Applications are available for stipends to defray these costs. 

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With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  CWPT has preserved more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land across the nation. CWPT’s website is


  • Mary Koik, CWPT, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231

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