Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 06/06/11

Civil War Trust Expands Popular Teacher Institute Offering with Regional Workshops

Registration now open for inaugural seminar, to be held in Boston this October

(Washington, D.C.) – As the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War continues, the Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest battlefield preservation organization, is working to expand its education offerings to reach an unprecedented number of classroom teachers.  To help achieve this goal, the organization has announced that the first in a series of regional educator workshops designed to familiarize teachers with the latest techniques and methods for bringing history alive in the classroom will be held in Boston, Mass., on October 8–9, 2011. 

“We believe firmly that education initiatives are an indelible part of our preservation mission,” said Trust president Jim Lighthizer. “A well-informed and passionate teacher has the opportunity to foster appreciation of historic places in each of his or her students, inspiring the next generation of historians, preservationists, educators and conservationists.”

These regional events, dubbed Teaching the Civil War: Professional Development for K-12 Educators, are an evolution of the Trust’s popular summer Teacher Institute, now in its 10th year.  That annual summit, typically held at a major Civil War site, is open to up to 200 educators at minimal personal expense, allowing them to participate in multiple workshops and tour a battlefield, learning techniques for improving their own outings.  The new initiative will offer professional development in a small-group setting, for teachers who, like most Americans, do not live and work near a battlefield or other obvious Civil War site. 

Burns, Lighthizer, Maher
Ken Burns, Jim Lighthizer, and Dan Mahar, CEO of Tauck Travel (Tauck)

“By adding two or three regional Teacher Institutes each year, we hope to reach 1,600 educators during the course of the sesquicentennial,” said Lighthizer.  “By empowering these teachers with outstanding techniques and resources, we will be able to impact the 1.4 million students they will mentor over the course of their careers.”

Each two-day program will include workshops covering both Civil War history and insight into current instructional methods, as well as tours designed to familiarize teachers with local Civil War history and instructional resources while introducing potential field trip options.  Teachers will also receive a variety of materials to take back to the classroom, including a copy of The Civil War Curriculum, a new two week course developed by the Trust with in conjunction with educators.

The inaugural program in Boston is being underwritten through a grant from Tauck, a world-leader in premium travel, through its World of Giving Program.  The Trust and Tauck share a commitment to promoting the unique quality of learning that can only take place by visiting significant sites.  For the October event, teachers will explore Boston’s Civil War history, including site visits to The Black Heritage Trail and Fort Warren.

Registration is currently open for New England educators interested in attending the inaugural program, with plans for a second event in the Los Angeles area already underway.  To learn more about these and forthcoming workshops across the nation, as well as other Trust education initiatives, visit

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s remaining Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more by visiting, the home of the Sesquicentennial.


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

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