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National Teacher Institute: Charleston

The 2012 National Teacher Institute this year promises to be the best ever, and there's still space available. From July 12-15 in Charleston, South Carolina, we are excited to offer a packed program that includes workshops and exhibits; tours of the city, Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter, and talks from distinguished speakers Bob Zeller and Gordon Rhea. Register today!.

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From the Educators

May 2012
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

Before leaving in August in preparation for the birth of my son, the education team had talked about doing a 150 book for kids, piggybacking off The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List. My colleague, Sheralyn Morehouse, and I started putting down some ideas and then I left thinking, we'll pick this back up upon my return.

Fast forward three months and Garry had already started working with the publisher (Globe Pequot Press) and we were ready to go as soon as I got back. I mean the first day I got back! Sheralyn and I began writing and editing in earnest and by the New Year everything was submitted to the publisher.

It was a whirlwind process, but we are very excited to announce the release of The Civil War Kids 150: Fifty Fun Things to Do, See, Make, and Find for the 150th Anniversary. This book is meant to get kids engaged in the Civil War by doing some "fun things." Make hardtack, create a photo exhibit, do the rebel yell, play a fife, and hike a battlefield are just a few of the 50 activities in the book. Kids can check each activity off as they go, learning some important lessons along the way.

This is a great book for summertime activities and in-classroom, hands-on learning. We hope you enjoy it!

If you want to find out more about the process, read my interview »

Nicole Osier
Senior Manager, Education Programs


Best Lesson Plan Contest

Best Lesson Plan Contest Send us your tried and tested lesson plans for a chance to win $2,500! Allow educators from across the country to benefit from your teaching expertise, and help yourself to a cash prize!

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Order the Kids 150 Book!

Order the Kids 150 Book! The Trust is extremely proud to offer our new activity book for the 150th anniversary, specifically catered to kids. Produced in the mold of our Civil War 150 To-Do List, this new book focuses on engaging students and getting them interested in the Civil War for the sesquicentennial.

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2012 Photo Contest Now Open

2012 Photo Contest Now Open Show us your best Civil War battlefield photos of 2012! Fancy yourself a modern day Alexander Gardner or Mathew Brady? If so, we have a contest for you.

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New Jones Farm Trail

New Jones Farm Trail The Civil War Trust and Pamplin Historical Park recently opened a new walking trail on the Petersburg battlefield. This land was previously closed to the public, and represents one of the most significant, and best preserved, pieces of ground that the Trust has been able to make available. Take your class!

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10 Facts about Chancellorsville

10 Facts about Chancellorsville Did you know that the Battle of Chancellorsville was, at its time, the bloodiest battle in American history? Learn more about this pivotal 1863 battle in our new 10 Facts page.

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Chicago area Teacher Institute

Chicago area Teacher Institute The Chicago area regional Teacher Institute was held March 14-15, and was a big success. More than forty educators were present, most from the Wisconsin and Illinois but a few from as far as New York and Florida. The Institute was held at the Kenosha Civil War Museum, located right on Lake Michigan – the perfect setting for educational workshops and teacher collaboration. Sign up for the National Teacher Institute this summer above.

See pictures from the Institute! »

May Civil War Battles

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

Williamsburg »
Chancellorsville »
Port Gibsons »
Raymond »
Champion Hill »
Wilderness »
Spotsylvania Court House »
North Anna »
Dallas »
Resaca »


Book of the Month

United No More! United No More! Stories of the Civil War.
By Doreen Rappaport and Joan Berniero.
New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

The seven different stories in this title illustrate how the Civil War touched the lives of all Americans. Rappaport and Berniero have selected a variety of well–known stories from both the Union and Confederate states. The authors compared various primary sources to provide a truthful account of each event, but they note that some details have been fictionalized based on historical research. These are stories of survivors like Mary Jackson, leader of the Richmond Bread Riots, and Eugenia Phillips, imprisoned for contempt of the Union, and stories of those who do their duty, such as David Glasgow Farragut and Sgt. William Carney. The authors tell each story within 10 to 15 pages. These are not mini-biographies. The stories focus solely on the event that made the person a part of history and each story concludes with a brief follow up. The mix of dialogue and narrative makes for a readable 'human interest' introductory text and the writing is appropriate for younger readers. The authors include information on the sources they used and how they used them in the book, as well as what parts of the stories were fictionalized. Pen and ink illustrations and maps help readers to visualize each story. Recommended for grades 4 through 7.

Special thanks to Rosanne Zajko for her book reviews! If you have a Civil War book that you particularly like, or would like to review for this newsletter, send it in to education@civilwar.org. Thanks!

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives Q. In May, 1863, Confederate forces were forced to fall back into Vicksburg following defeat at this battle:

Q. On May 13, 1865, the last skirmish of the Civil War took place here:

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Civil War on the Web

  • Interactive Map: Slavery and Free Soil
    Check out this excellent and informative animated map which demonstrates how the United States arrived at its configuration of slave and free states by 1860.
  • Blue and Gray for Boys and Girls
    An excellent website prepared by LSU, this exhibition attempts to explain the major themes and cultural lessons of the Civil War through the children's books published at the time.
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