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Gettysburg Professional Development

Join us for an exclusive professional development event to kick-off the 150th Anniversary March 19-20, 2011 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Teaching the Civil War during the 150th Anniversary »

From the Educators

January 2011
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

Exciting professional development news! While the Trust has traditionally held only one professional development opportunity each year, we have decided to change things up and add on to this popular piece of our programming.

This March the Trust, in partnership with the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, is happy to offer Teaching the Civil War during the 150th Anniversary. As part of this event teachers will attend workshops hosted by historians Dr. Peter Carmichael and Garry Adelman, go behind the scenes of the famous Gettysburg Cyclorama, receive hard and digital copies of the Trust's new Civil War Curriculum, and take a two-part private tour at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Also, the Teacher Institute being held this July in Nashville, Tennessee is now open for registration. We have made some major changes this year, so be sure to review the options and schedule before completing the registration.

As always thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

-Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs

 
 

Teacher Institute

Teacher Institute

Sign-up today for the 2011 Teacher Institute, July 14-17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional workshops and tours have been added to this year's schedule to accommodate those looking for a more in-depth experience.

2011 Teacher Institute »

 

Traveling Trunk

Traveling Trunk

The Traveling Trunk has been so popular that it is no longer available for the 2010-2011 school year. While we apologize that not everyone was able to rent a trunk, we are thrilled to have so many educators using this resource. The 2011-2012 rental request form will go up on June 1, 2011.

Traveling Trunk »

 

New Bull Run Photo Gallery

Bull Run Photo Gallery

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) is less than 6 months away. Check out our new gallery of historic and modern photos of the Battle of Bull Run.

See the Gallery »

 

Logo Change

New Logo

On January 11th we changed our name to the Civil War Trust and adopted a new organizational logo. Listen to Jim Lighthizer and Chairman John Nau's thoughts on why we updated our image.

Learn More »

 

Dallas: New Battlefield Page

Logan at Dallas

Learn more about the Battle of Dallas (May 28, 1864) one of the important battles of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. Check out our new Battle of Dallas battle map and more.

Learn more »

 

December Civil War Battles

January battles

Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of January. Access our history articles, photos, maps, and links for the battles listed below:

Mill Springs
Stones River
Fort Fisher

 
 

Book of the Month

5,000 Miles to Freedom

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's flight from slavery
By Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2006.

If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, (apologies to Lao-tzu) how does the journey of 5,000 miles begin? For slaves William and Ellen Craft, it began in 1848 with a plan and a disguise. William Craft and his wife Ellen undertook the most dangerous of journeys when they decided to run away from their owners, and they succeeded by hiding in plain sight. The couple planned for Ellen, the daughter of a slave and a slave owner, to masquerade as a frail, ailing man heading North for medical treatment, accompanied by "his" slave, William. Ellen's light skin allowed her to pass for white, yet that alone did not guarantee safety, especially when several white men whom either Ellen or William knew crossed their paths during the journey. After four harrowing days of travel, the couple arrived safely in Philadelphia before reaching their final destination, Boston. Abolitionists in the North assisted them once they arrived and the Crafts began the task of beginning a new life in freedom. That freedom was short lived, however, as the Fugitive Slave Act went into effect in September 1850 and the couple's owners, furious at their escape, hired slave catchers to bring them back South. The tension and terror of recapture made the Crafts realize that the only place they would truly be safe was many more miles away, in Great Britain, and so in December of the same year they arrived in Liverpool, 5,000 miles away from the start of their journey. They began a new life in Great Britain, lecturing for the abolition movement, describing their daring escape, and raising a family of children born in freedom. Their return home to live in the United States after the war was still dangerous; a farm they rented in South Carolina was burned by the Klan, yet they persevered.

The Fradins present the Craft's story using primary sources, relying heavily on the Craft's autobiography for the dialogue, which gives the text depth and personality. Historic photographs, diagrams and engravings balance the text. Background notes and a bibliography provide additional information. Of special interest is the Afterword, in which the Craft's descendants, some of who are pictured, discuss their pride and admiration for the ancestors. 5,000 Miles to Freedom is highly recommended for grades 6 and above.

Purchase 5,000 Miles to Freedom »

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. What was the first state to secede from the Union in January, 1861 (making it the second state overall to secede from the Union)?

Q. What Confederate stronghold, known as the Southern Gibraltar, fell to Union forces in January 1865?

Answers from the Archives »

 

Civil War on the Web

  • Liljenquist Donation
    A fantastic stockpile of photographs – ambrotypes and tintypes -- has been donated to the Library of Congress. Check out this flickr page with some very interesting Civil War portraits.
  • Virginia Sesquicentennial Signature Conference
    Featuring such historians as James I. Robertson, William C. Davis, and Gary W. Gallagher, Virginia offers this outstanding conference for only $15.
  • Blogging History: Interpreting Civil War-Era Primary Sources
    Fantastic lesson from The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times. Students are asked to read posts from the Disunion section of the Opinionator Blog, and then read primary sources from 1859 and 1860, finally creating their own blog concerning disunion.
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