Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Resources for National History Day Workshop

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 1

Where: At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania — 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Attend this teacher workshop to find out about the unique offerings of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including lesson plans and primary and secondary sources that will help you incorporate National History Day into your classroom throughout the year.

Each year, more than half a million students nationwide participate in National History Day, a unique program in which students choose a topic related to the annual theme, conduct primary and secondary research and present their findings. With more than 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items that span over 350 years, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a valuable resource for teachers and students participating in NHD.

The workshop will be conducted by Claire Frosch, teacher and Beneficial National History Day Fellow. Beneficial Bank generously supports the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s involvement in National History Day. Act 48/CEU credits are offered.


Live Webcast on the Battle of Shiloh

by fifer1863 on April 28, 2010

Just sharing that on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. EST, the Weider History Group and American Military University will present a webcast on the Battle of Shiloh.

The following is from the website for the webcast:

The fact that the first major battle of the Western Theater did not take place until spring 1862 indicates the difficulty both sides had in mobilizing their armies in the much larger and more rugged West. But could a decisive victory at Shiloh have changed the outcome of the war?

The Battle of Shiloh was the Confederacy’s first great effort to roll back the tide of Union success in the decisive Western Theater of the Civil War. It was also the Confederacy’s best chance for victory. For the Union, Shiloh was the first major test for Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the leaders serving under him, namely Don Carlos Buell and Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman. How were these men viewed after their victory at Shiloh? Conversely, how did the Confederacy deal with Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston’s death? Could any Confederate general have prevented Union invasion on the Cumberland or Tennessee Rivers?

Join American Military University and the Weider History Group for this live webcast event that will highlight the importance of the Battle of Shiloh and the effect it had on the outcome of the Civil War. Our speakers will also discuss what would have happened in case of a decisive Confederate victory at Shiloh.  Such an event would have removed Grant and Sherman, the Union’s two ablest commanders, and would have opened the way to probable further Confederate victories that might have changed the outcome of the war.

The webcast will also include a question and answer session.


You can register for the webcast by clicking HERE!

If you cannot make the webcast you can still register for the recording.

On May 18th, they will also be conducting a webcast on the Battle of Gettysburg


Discussion of the urgent need to provide teachers with the tools necessary to effectively teach the American Civil War is hardly new.  The study of history is at risk and with it invaluable reading, writing, and problem solving skills.  As part of our mission, the Civil War Preservation Trust strives to expand knowledge and appreciation of our rich American Civil War history.  It is essential for our organization and society that we foster the study of history in order for the development of future scholars, historians, and preservationists.

For these reasons, and in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Civil War Studies, we are proud to offer the ninth annual CWPT Teacher Institute, a highly acclaimed, free professional development that focuses on the American Civil War.

This year’s program will be held July 16–18, 2010 in Hagerstown, Md., when teachers will partake in lectures, workshops, discussions and battlefield tours. Through this experience, teachers will gain a greater knowledge of the Civil War and acquire new methods and techniques for passing that knowledge on to students.

The CWPT Teacher Institute is an intensive three-day experience that prepares teachers to deliver thoughtful, engaging instruction.  Teachers will attend their choice of nine workshops presented by teachers, education professionals and historians.  The workshops will provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the complex content of the Civil War while presenting the latest techniques for history instruction.

Teachers will take part in lectures presented by three world renowned authors and historians: James “Bud” Robertson, Gary Gallagher, and Jeff Shaara.  Attending teachers will also take part in a panel discussion on Using Technology to Teach the Civil War. The panel will bring together popular blog authors: Jim Beeghley, Kevin Levin, Eric Miller,, and Rob Shenk, director of web development at CWPT.

This year’s excursion will focus on Gettysburg National Military Park, allowing all attendees to tour the new museum and visitor center, with its exhibits and multimedia presentations, view the newly restored Cyclorama, and tour the National Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  In addition, teachers will attend their choice of three battlefield tours: Little Round Top with National Park Service  Ranger, Scott Hartwig, Pickett’s Charge with National Park Service Ranger, Matt Atkinson, and Then and Now Photography with historian Garry Adelman.

The Teacher Institute is offered free of charge to teachers, but they or their school districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event. Through the generosity of several CWPT Trustees and independent donors, we are able to offer scholarships to help defray the costs of attendance for selected educators. The support of our partners is essential to carrying out CWPT’s mission; we thank our trustees and members for their commitment to education.

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