Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 04/19/11

Registration Open for 10th Annual Civil War Trust Teacher Institute in Historic Nashville, Tenn.

Summit is offered free of charge to educators, offers strategies for bringing history alive in the classroom

(Washington, D.C.) – This summer, elementary, middle and high school teachers from around the nation are invited to Nashville, Tenn., to take part in the Civil War Trust’s annual Teacher Institute. The two-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 tenth annual Civil War Trust Teacher Institute will be held July 15–16, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn., with scheduled speakers Dr. Caroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, best-selling historical novelist Robert Hicks and historian Eric Jacobson.  Interested attendees also have the option to register for a unique pre-conference workshop focusing on techniques for teaching Civil War history with 21st century technology to be held on Thursday July 14.

Workshop sessions for this year’s institute include: The War in the West – An Overview, Using Photography from the Library of Congress in the Classroom, and 21st Century Technology and the Civil War — plus a special session focusing on the Trust’s new Civil War Curriculum.

On Saturday, teachers will travel to the Franklin and Stone’s River Battlefields, to learn techniques that will help students maximize their field trip experiences.  Attendees also have the ability to register separately for a second day of touring on Sunday July 16, when then can explore other Nashville-area sites like Belle Meade Plantation, Travellers Rest Plantation and Fort Negley. 

Participation in this exciting event is limited to 200 K-12 educators.  The Teacher Institute is offered free of charge, but teachers are required to hold basic membership in the Civil War Trust.  Due to space limitations, a $100 deposit is due at registration; following the event, this fee may either be refunded or donated toward land preservation efforts.  Additional fees apply to optional pre- and post-Institute events.  Educators or their school districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event, but scholarships and stipends are available to help defray these costs. 

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The Civil War Trust 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.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at


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