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The Telegraph - May/June 2013

Gettysburg Teacher Institute

The Civil War Trust will be holding its summer 2013 National Teacher Institute in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from July 25-28. The Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development series aimed at exploring the history of the Civil War and the newest methods for teaching it. The Institute is free for educators. Visit our website to register and view the schedule of events.

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From the Educators

May/June 2013
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

Do you want to visit Gettysburg in July, take tours from top guides, workshop with top educators, engage with other passionate teachers, and get some professional development credits under your belt? Then register for our FREE Gettysburg Teacher Institute, July 25-28! Spots are going fast.

We've been hard at work creating materials for your classrooms. Our newest panoramic, photographic, battlefield-tour-in-your-classroom offering, Chancellorsville 360, comes with an in-depth educator's guide to help you make the most out of this powerful teaching tool.

We've also launched a new video series, Civil War In4, that covers basic and compelling Civil War topics in four minutes or less. We're already getting great feedback from teachers on these, and (a lot) more videos are coming soon.

Don't forget about our best lesson plan contest, sponsored by History™. Don't miss out on cash prizes! Speaking of lesson plans, also note that our core curriculum is now aligned to Common Core standards.

There's too much to include in such a short letter. Subscribe to this newsletter, follow us on twitter, or like us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in Civil War education from us and others!

Sam Smith
Education Coordinator


Chancellorsville 360

Chancellorsville 360 The Civil War Trust recently released Chancellorsville 360, the latest in its series of virtual battlefield tours. Students can now independently explore Chancellorsville through an interactive panoramic display complete with clickable photographs and videos. Teachers can access our Educator's Guide for ideas how to apply the application of Civil War study.

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The Civil War In4

Civil War In4 This May, the Civil War Trust will launch a series of videos, each less than four minutes long, which describe the most significant aspects of America's Civil War. The In4 series uses brief and detailed videos to explain basic Civil War topics in an easy to understand manner.

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Lesson Plan Contest

Lesson Plan Contest Teachers are invited to share their Civil War lesson plans for the chance to win up to $2,500! Sponsored by the History Channel, first, second, and third place winners will be selected based on their creativity, classroom usefulness, and use of primary source materials.

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Teacher of the Year Every year, the Trust recognizes an outstanding teacher for their commitment to motivating students to understand and remember the Civil War. Click below to submit a nomination, include: name, school, subject, and size of class.

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Gettysburg Sesquicentennial

Gettysburg 150th The 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg is approaching, and the National Park Service will be hosting Living History weekends featuring educational programs throughout June, and will commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg on June 30. Additionally, from July 1-4, NPS will honor the 150th anniversary of the battle with ranger programs, reenactments, and overview hikes.

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Interview with Tyrone Young

Interview The Civil War Trust recently interviewed Tyrone Young, a filmmaker whose new docudrama Filling the Gap explores the achievements of men and women of African descent in the nineteenth century. The film sheds light on the often overlooked contributions people of African descent made to the Civil War.

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Book of the Month

Book of the Month

Two Girls of Gettysburg
Klein, Lisa
New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Fifteen year old Lizzie Allbauer lives in Gettysburg and welcomes the visit of Rosanna, her cousin from Richmond, in 1860. Rosanna's parents sent her to Gettysburg to live with her aunt Margaret and to attend the Ladies Seminary with Lizzie, in hopes that the distance would end a romance between Rosanna and a man they considered to be inappropriate. The two girls couldn't be more different- Lizzie is dependable and serious and Rosanna is flirtatious and impulsive. Despite their differences, the two girls form a close bond. When the war starts, their lives drastically change. Lizzie's father and brother enlist in the Union army, leaving Lizzie and her mother responsible for keeping the family together and running the family butcher shop. Rosanna returns to Richmond, where she marries her former beau. When he is injured in battle shortly after their wedding, she nurses him back to health and then stays on with her husband's unit, nursing sick and injured Confederate soldiers and keeping a diary of her experiences. Told in alternate points of view, the two girls detail the events leading up to the battle of Gettysburg and their experiences during the battle and its aftermath. Lizzie and Rosanna are both likeable, well defined characters who realize that the war requires from them the same kind of sacrifice being made by husbands, fathers and brothers. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

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

General Q: In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, which general felt so resoundingly defeated that he offered his resignation to his President?


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Civil War on the Web

  • The New York Times Disunion series page 
    features an interactive timeline that traces the Civil War from its early beginnings throughout 1863. The timeline includes contemporary artwork, photographs, and accounts of the Civil War, and features links to corresponding primary source documents. This interactive timeline allows students to explore primary source material while gaining a better understanding of the chronology of the Civil War.
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