For Immediate Release: 04/03/12

Registration Open for 11th Annual Civil War Trust Teacher Institute in Historic Charleston, S.C.

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 Charleston, S.C. to take part in the Civil War Trust’s National Teacher Institute. The Institute offers educators multiple days to investigate the American Civil War and the latest instructional methods related to such a challenging topic, as well as the chance to take tours and attend lectures by top historians.

“Without inspiring teachers it is difficult for students to develop a passion for history or an appreciation of the hallowed ground of Civil War battlefields,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “We are committed to providing quality educational resources for teachers, so that they can bring the past alive for today’s young people and nurture the next generation of preservationists and history lovers.”

The eleventh annual Civil War Trust Teacher Institute will be held July 13–14, 2012, in Charleston, S.C. Scheduled speakers include Bob Zeller, president of the Center for Civil War Photography, and David Blight, Yale University professor of history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition.  Interested attendees also have the option to register for a pre-conference workshop on participant-submitted topics with an emphasis on technology in the classroom that will be held on July 12.  The discussions will, in some cases, be led by the participants, while other discussions will be guided by historians with a background in a specific subject.

On Sunday, teachers will take tours on the City of Charleston, Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter, to learn techniques that will help students maximize their field trip experiences.  Attendees can also register for an optional tour of Magnolia Plantation and the recovered Confederate submarine CSS Hunley.

Participation in this exciting event is limited to 225 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.

In addition to the National Institute held every summer, during the 2011–2012 school year, the Trust began holding smaller regional institutes designed to help teachers in areas not in immediate proximity to battlefields learn how to integrate local Civil War resources into the classroom.  Following successful ventures in Boston and Los Angeles, the final regional institute will be held in the Chicago area on April 14–15. A few registration slots are still available. 

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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 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 x7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 x7231

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