From July 5 to 12, a Fayetteville-Manlius School District educator attended the Ford’s Theatre Civil War Washington summer teacher institute.
For the program Eric Nash, a social studies and language arts teacher at Wellwood Middle School, visited historic sites in the Washington D.C. area alongside 23 other educators from across the country.
On the first day, the teachers paid a visit to Tudor Place, a mansion near the Georgetown neighborhood.
The program participants toured the mansion’s garden, learning about the women who struggled to gain ownership rights to the property and the slaves who once worked there.
Later in the night, a park ranger brought the group on a tour of the National Mall lasting three and a half hours.
Nash, who teaches fifth grade classes, said he tried to “slow down” and “soak in” moments like the walk up the Lincoln Memorial steps.
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