Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 09/14/12

Civil War Trust Announces Trio of Dates for 2012-2013 Teacher Institute Series

Summits are offered free of charge to educators, provide strategies for bringing history alive in the classroom

ti main image(Washington, D.C.) – The Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the hallowed ground of Civil War battlefields, is pleased to announce the schedule for its National and Regional Teacher Institutes during the 2012-2013 school year. The Teacher Institute series grants educators the opportunity to take historian-led tours, engage in workshops, and discover a community of passionate, like-minded teachers, effectively enriching the classroom experience for students. Continuing Education Units are available to participants in the Civil War Trust Teacher Institute series.

The 12th annual National Civil War Trust Teacher Institute will be held July 25–6, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa., just weeks after the sesquicentennial anniversary of the largest battle of the American Civil War. This seminar will begin with an optional pre-conference workshop, followed by a two day program featuring a historian lecture, multiple workshops, exhibits and a keynote address, all concluding with the option of a final supplemental tour.

The second year of Civil War Trust Regional Teacher Institutes presents potential attendees with two options: January 12–13, 2013 in Antietam, Md., site of the bloodiest single day in American history and the Union victory that inspired Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation; and April 20–21, 2012 in Petersburg, Va., where a 10-month siege saw 16 major battles resulting in 80,000 casualties. These two-day programs feature workshops, presentations, and living history.

“Thanks to our generous donors, the Civil War Trust is able to offer a wide variety of complimentary resources to educators,” says Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer. “We believe that programs like the Teacher Institute are a great investment because each inspirational teacher can make an impact on thousands of students during the course of his career.”

The Teacher Institute is offered free of charge, but teachers are required to hold basic membership in the Civil War Trust. Participation in the National Teacher Institute is limited to 200 K-12 educators, while each Regional Teacher Institute is limited to 25 similarly qualified participants. Due to space limitations, a $100 deposit is due at registration; after 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, however the Civil War Trust offers a limited number of scholarships to first-time attendees to help defray these costs. The scholarship deadline for the Antietam Regional Teacher Institute is November 1, 2012; applications for the Petersburg Regional Teacher Institute are due February 11th, 2013. Scholarship details and timelines for the National Teacher Institute will be announced in January 2013.

During the 2011–2012 school year, elementary and secondary school educators were invited to participate in the Civil War Trust’s Teacher Institute series events in Boston, Mass., Los Angeles, Calif., Chicago, Ill., and Charleston, S.C. These summits offered 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.

For more information about any of the events in the 2012–2013 Teacher Institute series, please visit

The Civil War Trust’s education goals span all aspects of the war and employ numerous methods of delivery appropriate to a variety of age groups and skill levels. The Trust employs a broad approach to reach literally millions of people in classrooms, on battlefields, on its website, and in printed media. In addition to the Teacher Institute series, the Civil War Trust also offers a number of other resources for educators, including: the Civil War Traveling Trunk program, which  provides reproduction Civil War artifacts, books, music and other various materials for teachers to utilize during their Civil War instruction; elementary, middle, and high school curriculum guides, as well as individual lesson plans; contests designed for students and teachers; and Civil War Kid’s 150: Fifty Fun Things to Do, See, Make, and Find for the 150th Anniversary, a book designed to help young people experience history in tangibly, interactive ways. Learn more about these and other initiatives at

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861, ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861, ext. 7231

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