Bringing Civil War Preservation to the Classroom


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This program gives an overveiw of how to bring Civil War programs and preservation into your classroom. Battlefields are the open air classrooms of America. This programs presents ideas for place based educational activities and promotes civic involvement for students in historic preservation activities.

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  • On behalf of CWPT, Bob and I would like to thank you for attending this presentation today. We’d like to invite all of you to do as the slogan goes… Make History by Saving History. Lincoln said, “my fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. No we cannot, but my message here today is that we sure can mess it up! By disregarding it, by neglecting to educate our Nation’s youth as to its importance in our national identity, by reckless development and random disregard for our national historical resources and hallowed grounds. CWPT is the premier Civil War preservation organization in the nation and we would like to see that the irreplaceable hallowed grounds of our heritage do not face destruction and are available to future American generations.
  • Bringing Civil War Preservation to the Classroom

    1. 1. Bringing Civil War Curriculum and Preservation to the Classroom Make History by Saving History !
    2. 2. MISSION The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) works to preserve America's significant Civil War battlefields by protecting the land and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation's history. Born from the two leading Civil War battlefield preservation organizations, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS) and The Civil War Trust, in 1999, CWPT has helped to save nearly 20,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land representing more than 81 Civil War sites in 19 states. With the help of 63,000 dedicated members, the Trust also promotes heritage tourism and nationwide education initiatives to inform the public about the war and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.
    3. 3. Introduction
    4. 4. Mr. Bob Rinehart Southampton Middle School Bel Air, Maryland
    5. 5. 2004 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies
    6. 7. Local Historical Resources help kids make connections to our nation’s past and their future
    7. 8. Hallowed Ground, Fall 2003
    8. 9. “ In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream and lo! The shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom and the power of the vision will pass into their souls.” Joshua L.Chamberlain
    9. 14. As teachers of history we are a crucial and privileged link in our nation. A nation that has broken faith with the past cannot have a vision for its future. We need to teach our students not only what it means to be Americans but how we became Americans.
    10. 15. " One can never understand what the United States is until one understands what the Civil War was." James I. Robertson Jr.
    11. 16. The Lesson of E Pluribus Unum-- U.S. History before and after the Civil War How “We the People” Became One Out of Many
    12. 17. E Pluribus Unum On-going Classroom Activity Who are “We the People?” <ul><li>Put the words E Pluribus Unum on your board a the beginning of your U.S. History Course. </li></ul><ul><li>Define the words and discuss them with your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what groups are in and what groups are out of power, and why, during the time period you are discussing. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the phrase and this discussion method with class throughout the course so students can see our national identity evolve. </li></ul>
    13. 18. Why teaching the Civil War is so important: <ul><li>Expand your students’ horizons with: </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Enduring Understandings </li></ul>
    14. 19. It Ain’t just grass. It’s History! Save history and make history with CWPT!
    15. 20. Teach Civil War History the Way it Happened – Primary Sources History Lost and Found: The Diary of C.D.M.B. Broomhall, 1 st Seargant Co.D 124 th P.V. on Antietam on the Web at
    16. 21. Fundraising One of the ironies of the present– at Gettysburg, tourists leave Lincoln pennies for a Confederate General.
    17. 22. Student Service Learning Project Created by Bob Rinehart Southampton Middle School SMS Team 8B Service-Learning Project creator Bob Rinehart and Civil War Preservation Trust President, James Lighthizer http://
    18. 23. The Field Trip….. The Field Trip……
    19. 24. Invite a living historian into your classroom. CWPT classroom visitor listing:
    20. 25. CWPT Teacher’s Institute <ul><li>Almost 200 teachers attended the 2004 institute and enjoyed exceptional accommodations at the Hotel Roanoke. </li></ul><ul><li>James I. “Bud” Robertson and William C. “Jack” Davis were outstanding and inspirational presenters. </li></ul><ul><li>The field trip to Appomatox Court House National Military Park was a first rate educational experience. </li></ul><ul><li>CWPT offers the institute free to teachers and next year the institute will meet in Lexington, Kentucky August 5-7. Call Jen Rosenberry at 301-665-1400 or visit CWPT’s Website at . See you there! </li></ul>
    21. 26. Annual CWPT Student Poster & Essay Contest 3 rd Place Winner for the 2003 Poster Contest Stacy Hongo, Grade 11, Shelton High School
    22. 29. Why I Teach The Civil War
    23. 31. Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Headmaster My son will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true, but teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader... Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. It will take time, I know, but teach him, if you can, that a dollar earned is of far more value than five found...Teach him to learn to lose...and also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy, if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick...Teach him, if you can, the wonder of a book...but also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on a green hillside. In school, teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat...Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong...Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough. Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon...Teach him to listen to all men...but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through. Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad...Teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness...Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right. Treat him gently, but do not coddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel. Let him have the courage to be impatient...let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind. This is a big order, but see what you can do...He is such a fine little fellow, my son!
    24. 32. For more information about CWPT programs, contact : <ul><li>Jennifer Rosenberry </li></ul><ul><li>Education Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Civil War Preservation Trust </li></ul><ul><li>11 Public Square, Suite 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Hagerstown, MD  21740 </li></ul><ul><li>301.665.1400 X 204 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Curriculum CD: Summer Teacher Institute: http:// Will Greene Field Trip Scholarship – enter now for 2005 http:// Traveling Trunk (Book now for 2005) New $25 level Classroom Membership http:// Education Web site at : http:// / Civil War Explorer at: http:// Adopt a Battlefield Program: Under development. E-mail [email_address] for information. Teacher’s Weekly Newsletter: [email_address] with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject
    25. 33. Presentation Citations and Sources <ul><li>SLIDE 1: Slogan and CWPT logo from CWPT membership brochure MB04, picture taken by the author on Gettysburg battlefield </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 2 : CWT mission statement from Hallowed Ground, Fall 2004, Vol5#3, page 5, picture by author from Gettysburg </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDES 3&5 : pictures by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 6: picture by author of monument on Derby Green, Derby, CT, stats and script on Chancellorsville Coalition from Hallowed Ground, Fall 2002, Vol3,#3, page 7 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 7 : scanned image, ibid. SLIDE 8 : Chamberlain, Joshua, L., speech October 3, 1889, picture by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 9 : Picture of Little Round Top Gettysburg Battlefield from Library of Congress, public domain, July 6, 1863 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 10 : Picture from top of Little Round Top by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 11 : Current pictures by author, historic pictures from Library of Congress public domain, CWPT script statistics from Hallowed Ground, Fall 2004, Vol5#3, page 5 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 12 : Picture by author, Burnside Bridge, Antietam, script words by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 13 : Picture by author, text and slide script from lecture notes taken at CWPT Teacher Institutes, July 2003 and July 2004. Slide and script theme from author’s lecture notes on both occasions and credited to Dr. Robertson. Words by the author. </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 14: Picture by author, Stonewall Jackson at Manassas. Quote by James I Robertson from Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Homepage at </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 15&16 : Lesson idea from Linda Romano, Derby High School, used her with permission . Lesson structure and wording by the author. Graphics from the public domain </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 17 : Picture by author, Lookout Mt., TN, slide words and script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 18 : Picture by author, Boody Lane, Antietam, logo CWPT membership brochure, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 19 : Pictures by author from author’s collection. Burial Party at Antietam by Alexander Gardner, 1862, Library of Congress, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 20 : Picture by author, Longstreet monument on Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg., slide text and script by author, statistics on CWPT’s Great Task from Hallowed Ground, Fall 2004, Vol5#3, pgs 15-17 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 21 : SMS Service Learning Project by Bob Rinehart, Southampton Middle School, MD. Slide graphics from SMS Team 8B Service-Learning Project Homepage created by Bob Rinehart and pictures for used with his permission, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 22 : Pictures by author, Shelton High School at Gettysburg, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 23 : picture by author, Pamplin Park, VA, slide script and quote by Jen Rosenberry from CWPT teacher’s update, September 8, 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 24: Picture scan of 2004 Teachers Institute from Hallowed Ground, Fall 2004, Vol5#3, page 39. Slide script and words by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 25 : Poster scan by Stacy Hongo, 2003, Shelton High School, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 26 : Teacher’s Institute article and scan from Hallowed Ground, Winter 2002, Vol3#4, page 16 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 27 : Slide pictures of six issues of Hallowed Ground magazine, slide script by author. </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 28: Picture from author’s collection, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 29 : Slide pictures by author, author’s collection, or from public domain, slide script by author </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 30 : Picture of Lincoln from public domain, text of letter from' s%20Letter%20to%20His%20Son's%20Headmaster.doc </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 31 : Slide text and information from Jennifer Rosenberry, Education Coordinator, CWPT, from Teachers Update , September 8, 2004 </li></ul>