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Teaching the Civil War: Regional Institute, Boston, MA

The Civil War Trust is pleased to announce the latest in its professional development offerings. As the Teacher Institute has proven to be such a success over the past ten years, we have decided to extend our programming to include more events each year, starting this fall in Boston.

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From the Educators

May 2011
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

As the 2010-2011 school year comes to a close, we hope that it has been a memorable and productive one for you and your students. Here are a few items to look forward to this summer and fall.

The 2011 Teacher Institute is quickly approaching and we are finalizing our plans to present the best annual Teacher Institute yet. With our base in Nashville, Tennessee, we have lined up spectacular tours of Franklin, Stones River, and Nashville. If you haven’t signed-up, please do so now and help us reach our goal of 200 attendees!

In addition to our annual Teacher Institute, the Trust is very excited to begin offering more professional development opportunities in the form of Regional Teacher Institutes. Our Regional Institutes aim to provide teachers with content knowledge of the American Civil War, provoke thought for innovative instruction, and present Civil War resources in their own backyard. This October we will be hosting our first Regional Institute in Boston, Massachusetts through a generous grant provided by Tauck (http://www.tauck.com/). With a limit of 50 attendees, we suggest you sign-up quickly as space is limited.

Finally, if you have not yet entered your best Civil War lesson plan, we encourage you to do so by July 1st. We are anxious to recognize your great work, both by sharing it with your colleagues on our website and through the generous $2,500 grand prize sponsored by HISTORY™ – not too shabby!

We hope to see you soon!

Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs


Fredericksburg Battle App

Fredericksburg Battle App

The Civil War Trust is proud to announce the launch of its second Civil War Battle App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This cutting-edge battlefield guide will help you to learn more about the entire 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.

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Gettysburg HISTORY™

Gettysburg HISTORY(tm)

Starting Monday, May 30th, HISTORY™ will feature a week of special Civil War programming. The week will kick-off with Gettysburg, a groundbreaking documentary special featuring our own Garry Adelman. Along with Gettysburg is a teacher guide, which will help educators engage students in discussion throughout the documentary.

Sneak peek »
Teachers guide »


Best Lesson Plan

Best Lesson Plan

Given the end of the school year scramble, the Best Lesson Plan Contest, sponsored by HISTORY™, has been extended to July 1, 2011. With a grand prize of $2,500 don’t wait, send yours in today!

How to Enter »


Photo Contest -- High School Category

Photo Contest

Fancy yourself a modern day Alexander Gardner or Mathew Brady? If so, we have a contest for you. Enter into our photography contest yourself or encourage your students to enter.

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The Civil War Curriculum

Teaching the Civil War

With next school year’s budgets being set, now might be the time to think about what resources and materials you would like in your classroom or for your history department. Download the curriculum for free or purchase a printed copy with digital resources for your department, classroom, or school for only $36.95.

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Book of the Month

The Civil War 150

The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary
By the Civil War Trust. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2011.

In addition to going to specific places, The Civil War 150 invites you to:

  • Help save a battlefield
  • Find a Civil War ancestor
  • Hike a battlefield
  • Watch the Civil War series by Ken Burns
  • See a reenactment
  • Get a child interested in the Civil War
  • And many more...

Purchase The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary »

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. In May, 1861, which three states seceded from the Union?

Q. In May, 1864, forces under Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in combat for the first time at this battle.

Answers from the Archives »


Civil War on the Web


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