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As a history teacher, you can make a big impression in leading young Americans to care about the Civil War and the fate of its battlefields. Your students will be the ones to decide whether to preserve the sites that changed the face of America forever.

Civil War Trust’s FREE Educational Resources



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The Civil War Curriculum

The Civil War Trust Curriculum is an outstanding resource for educators. Designed for use in classrooms from grade levels 3-12, this set of nine standards-based lesson plans, and one final exam, was developed by teachers and the Civil War Trust staff for students at the Elementary, Middle and High School level. Explore the lessons ›

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Traveling Trunk

By far our most popular education program, the Civil War Traveling Trunk program provides reproduction artifacts, books, music, and other various materials for teachers to utilize during their Civil War instruction, allowing students to have a hands-on experience. Teacher's will receive the trunk, which we ship to your school at no cost to you, for one full school week. Reserve it for your classroom today ›

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The Field Trip Fund

When students are able to engage with history on battlefields, at museums, or other historic sites, it makes an indelible impact on them for years to come. Our Field Trip Fund is designed to get students from the school classrooms out and onto battlefield classrooms. Our fund has helped 68 school districts, to get more than 4,300 kids to historic sites in this past year alone. Apply for a grant to cover up to $1,500 of your next field trip and get your kids out on the battlefield where their imaginations can take over. Apply for funding ›

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National Teacher Institute

Our annual National Teacher Institute has been the standard for professional educator development in the history field, for the last seventeen years. Through lectures, interactive workshops, and on-site tours—the National Teacher Institute has changed the lives of more than 2,000 teachers and 2,000,000 students. By providing first class programs to educators, we will ultimately have a long lasting and positive impact on each and every student with which they engage. Civil War Trust Professional Development events will help you enrich your Civil War instruction and earn continuing education credits. Register for the event ›

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The Teachers Regiment

The Civil War Trust Teachers Regiment is a community of educators passionate about American history and its dissemination in the classroom.  Ideas are shared, lessons are learned, and perks are awarded. Come visit our community of like-minded education professionals. Join the community today ›



Frequently asked questions: How to Cite the Civil War Trust
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Civil War Lesson Plans