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Schedule is tentative and may change

Below is our tentative schedule for the 2018 National Teacher Institute. Please keep in mind that the topic and speaker lineup is subject to change. We will announce the full schedule of events and meal offerings soon. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018


  • The American Way of War: An Introduction—Kristopher D. White 
  • Civil War Photo Extravaganza—with Garry Adelman 


  • African Americans: On the Road to Freedom—Paula Gidjunis
  • Developing A Semester or Year-Long (or extended unit) on the Civil War for High School—Terry Levering
  • Educational Adventures and Battlefield Preservation/Fundraising—Bob Rinehart 
  • Making it Real: Using Local Resources to Enhance the Classroom Experience—Diane Klinefelter
  • Teaching Through Turning Points—Kristopher D. White
  • Women's Roles in the American Revolution—Jennifer Borque  

Friday, July 13, 2018


  • Inventing America: The Constitutional Convention of 1787—David O. Stewart 
  • “It’s not what or how much we teach, but how we teach it that matters”: Confronting the Legacy of History Instruction—Bruce A. Lesh


  • "At the Hop" to "Love Train": The Philadelphia Sound & Philly Soul—Daniel Welch  
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Rx—Carolyn Ivanoff
  • How to Incorporate Facts About Your Local Town or County into your Civil War Discussion—Timothy H. Smith
  • “O’er the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave?” Understanding the Story of the Star-Spangled Banner—Shannon McLucas
  • Tackling Civil War Controversy in the Classroom: Encouraging Critical Thinking with Shades of Gray and Blue—Dr. Chris Mackowski
  • Teaching the Republican Era—James Percoco
  • “When Johnny Came Marching Home”—David Wege
  • Whose Liberty? African Americans in the American Revolution: Hands-On Workshop—Adrienne Whaley

Saturday, July 14, 2018


  • Teaching about the American Military Past: The Battle between History and Memory—Keynote Speaker Dr. Carol Reardon 


Civil War Tour:

Confederate High Tide: Overlooked Actions of the Gettysburg Campaign

Led by historians Wayne Motts and Timothy Smith, participants will go behind the scenes and get their hands on some of the best artifacts in the collection of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. This hands-on-tour will help you to introduce museums, artifacts and more, to your classroom. Then, that afternoon, visit often-overlooked sites associated with the northernmost leg of the Gettysburg Campaign, as you visit the site of Wrightsville Bridge, Carlise, and York.


Revolutionary War Tour:

“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses.": The Foundations of American Liberty 

Travel to "Old City" Philadelphia, where we will explore the founding of our nation. Led by the Civil War Trust's Teacher-in-Residence James Percoco, Adrienne Whaley of the Museum of the American Revolution, and National Park Service historians, this tour will include hands-on workshops and tours of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the new Museum of the American Revolution.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 (Optional Day for All Participants)


Valley Forge National Historical Park

Explore one of the most famous and pivotal chapters of the American Revolution—the winter encampment at Valley Forge. Led by expert guides, this half-day, car caravan tour, will bring the story of  Washington's encampment to life. 

Click here to register for this outstanding event!