South High teacher attends seminar at University of Virginia

September 03, 2007

South Hagerstown High School history teacher John Priest traveled this summer to the University of Virginia to attend a one-week competitive application seminar titled "The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, Battlefields and Homefront."

The seminar was led by Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III professor of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.

The seminar, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was attended by 30 teachers, and examined the scope and consequences of the Civil War.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute's summer seminars are designed to strengthen educators' commitment to high-quality history teaching. Public, parochial and independent school teachers are eligible to apply. The weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.


In each seminar, educators work with primary source documents provided by the professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The documents are used by all attendees to produce materials that can be brought into their classrooms.

Each educator receives reading materials, room and board, transportation for tours and a stipend.

Over the past 12 years, more then 6,000 educators have participated. This year, more than 600 participants from 49 states and six foreign countries will take part in one of 24 different seminars in the United States and England.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. Increasingly national and international in scope, the institute targets audiences including students, scholars and the general public. It creates history-centered schools and academic research centers, organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators, partners with school districts to implement Teaching American History grants, produces print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, and sponsors lectures by eminent historians.

The institute also funds awards, including the Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and George Washington Book Prizes, and offers fellowships for scholars to work in history archives, including the Gilder Lehrman Collection, which includes more than 60,000 American historical documents.

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