NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers
NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers at the New-York Historical Society
“Race and Politics in the American Civil War”
July 13-25, 2014
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014
Join us this summer at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s oldest museum, to participate in our 2014 NEH Teacher Institute Race and Politics in the American Civil War!
“Nearly a century and a half after its conclusion, the Civil War remains the central event in American history,” asserts historian Eric Foner (institute faculty member) in the introduction to Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society’s 2013 book, The Civil War in 50 Objects. “The reasons for the war’s continued relevance lie…in the fact that it raised so many questions that remain fundamental to Americans’ understanding of themselves as a nation. What are the concrete meanings of freedom and equality? Who is entitled to American citizenship? What should be the balance of power between local authority and the national government?” Join project co-directors Harold Holzer and Mia Nagawiecki as we address these questions and more!
We have gathered together some of the nation’s best-known historians to join thirty K-12 teachers for this two-week institute. From the evening of Sunday, July 13 through Friday, July, 25, 2014, teachers, together with these scholars and the project directors, will be given the exciting opportunity to engage in deep discussion and investigate the Society’s one-of-a-kind primary sources, including artifacts, works of art, and a research library full of historic documents. We will also be taking advantage of some of New York City’s historic sites on periodic field trips.
Come gain fresh perspectives and experience the most up-to-date scholarship on the history of the Civil War first hand. Participants will receive a $2,100 stipend to help defray costs, a certificate of completion, and a wealth of primary and secondary resources, including books, films, curriculum materials, and a course pack.
Read on to learn more details about the project, including participant expectations and how to apply. We look forward to reviewing your application and we hope to see you in July!