A Week with Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows
By Callie Hawkins
Two weeks ago, President Lincoln’s Cottage, Ford’s Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, which makes up the Civil War Washington Museum Consortium, hosted a group of local teachers for a week-long workshop designed to enhance their understanding of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. Throughout the week, the Teacher Fellows explored these four sites, located in different geographical areas across the city, and also visited the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. Along the way, teachers gathered not only vital instructional content to take back to their classrooms, but also skills in working with role play, primary sources, and oratory activities.
The group spent a full day at President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Teacher Fellows toured Lincoln’s “summer White House”, debated emancipation in the role of Lincoln’s Cabinet members, and explored the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery. At the end of this long, but beautiful day, I asked teachers to reflect on their experience at this place the Lincoln’s loved so much. For the full video of these reactions check back soon!