Summer Teacher Workshops at the Tennessee State Museum!!
The Tennessee State Museum is planning two intensive workshops for teachers about slavery and the Civil War in Tennessee in preparation for the National Archives exhibit Discovering the Civil War scheduled to open at the State Museum on February 12, 2013.
This acclaimed exhibit includes a six-day viewing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document which altered the course of U.S. history and forever changed the lives of African Americans.
The workshops, entitled Slavery, Civil War and the Classroom, will be held at the museum June 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first day looks at the development of slavery in the Tennessee and will profile the lives of little-known enslaved African Americans. Day two of the workshop examines slavery's unique role in bringing about the Civil War. Dr. Richard Blackett, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will speak.
Both workshops will address teaching strategies, ways to incorporate and implement primary sources, and how to integrate the topics in the classroom.
"Slavery can be one of the more challenging topics to teach and one that children may have difficulty confronting," according to museum Education Curator Jeff Sellers. "We want to help teachers explore the best methods."
Teachers may choose to attend both or only one workshop. The cost is $25 for one day and $45 for both. Fees cover the costs of drinks, lunch, and handouts.
To register, go to www.tnmuseum.org/Teachers/Teacher_Workshops/ or call the museum's Public Programs department at (615) 741-0830, or toll-free at (800) 407-4324.
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