The conference is intended for K-12 teachers and other educators, including curators and interpreters from historical societies or museums. It is co-sponsored by the Tusculum Institute, an educational center that promotes environmentally sustainable preservation of historic buildings and places, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Workshop sessions are led by historians, K-12 teachers, curators and museum guides and will focus on the War of 1812 and the socio-historic context of James Madison and James Monroe’s presidencies. Referred to as “America’s second war of independence,” the War of 1812 pitted the newly founded United States against one of the world’s biggest navies, Great Britain. Speakers include historian and author Don Hickey, museum educator Sterling Howell, K-12 teacher Rita Bradunas, Monroe interpreter Dennis Bigelow, military historian Stuart Butler, and Jarod Kearney, curator at the James Monroe Museum.
All sessions will be held in Josey Dining Room (in Prothro Hall) on the campus of Sweet Briar College in Amherst County, Va. Attendance is free for certified K-12 teachers and Sweet Briar students and $20 for all others. Coffee breaks and lunch are included. Qualified teachers will receive a stipend of $40 for participating, as well as continuing education unit credits. Participants must register by June 5 at tusculum.sbc.edu/TeachingHistoricPlaces_2012.
For more information, contact Lynn Rainville, director of the Tusculum Institute, at [email protected] or call (434) 381-6432 and leave a message.