26 Jul 2018

Thank You From Our Teachers

Thank You From Our Teachers

This month, our education team arrived in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to host our 2018 National Teacher Institute. This annual conference brings educators together from across the country, so the Trust and its partners can provide teachers with learning opportunities, continuing education credits, and space to connect with like-minded colleagues.

Thanks to you, our nation’s dedicated educators had the opportunity to participate in workshops, hear special guest lectures, and tour museums and historic places, including Independence Hall, "Old City" Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Civil War Museum, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. Generous supporters like you raised $15,550 toward our goal of providing more than 200 teachers with time and space to deepen their understanding of our history and develop new methods of engaging their students on the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812.

Every year, we are astounded by the passion and commitment shown by American educators. Their year-round dedication to students is remarkable, and we are honored to provide this opportunity to them every summer.

Thanks to you, they will be taking new curriculum, teaching techniques, and historical perspectives back to their classrooms this fall.

We are grateful for your support to make this multi day event possible every year. We look forward to our 2019 Teacher Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the meantime, we will keep you abreast with updates on the Trust's education initiatives, ways that you can help contribute to our Traveling Trunk and Field Trip Fund programs, and more. Thank you again for your support to make this happen.

Live on YouTube

Our recent Facebook Live broadcasts are now on YouTube! Our new YouTube playlist features battlefield events from Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cowpens in South Carolina, and more. Experience these historian-led tours with their special guests, up-close looks at artifacts, and more.

Massachusetts in the Civil War

After the attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. Massachusetts was one of the first states to send men. By the end of the war, close to 150,000 “Bay Staters” served in the Union army and navy, with 14,000 of them making the ultimate sacrifice. Massachusetts was also home to several significant characters during the Civil War, including Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix, Joseph Hooker, and Edwin Sumner.

Ed Bearss baseball pitch

Last week, U.S. Army and Air Force softball teams made history by competing in the Championship Game of the first-ever All-Star Armed Services Classic. Ed Bearss, an embodiment of baseball and military history, threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch. Bearss, a Marine Corps combat veteran of World War II, noted historian, and Trust board member, attended Major League Baseball's first All-Star Game on July 6, 1933, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Ill., as a 10-year-old boy visiting with his family from Montana. 

Save Three 1862 Battlefields

What do Hickenlooper's Battery, Randol's Battery, and Latimer's Battery all have in common? Each was part of key battle action near three crucial tracts on three 1862 Civil War battlefields – Shiloh in the west, and Glendale and Fredericksburg in the east. We need your help to save these important places today.

American Battlefield Trust

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