For Educators

The African American Civil War Museum offers many professional development opportunities and resources for educators seeking more information on the Civil War, the contributions of African Americans in the Civil War and the United States Colored Troops.



Summer Seminar
During the summer the museum offers a one week themed seminar that explores aspects of African American involvement in the Civil War.

Historic Sites of the United States Colored Troops 
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014

The African American Civil War Museum is now accepting applications for its 2014 summer workshop. This five-day workshop, July 20 -25, 2014 will provide educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate the United States Colored Troops into their Civil War curriculum. The workshop is open to K-12 educators across all content areas, including university level educators, librarians and media specialists, instructional technology specialists and administrators in public, charter, private or religiously affiliated schools, as well as homeschooling parents.

Each session of this workshop exposes participants to a wide variety of primary sources and methods for classroom integration including landscapes as primary sources. After participating in this summer workshop participants will:

  • Know how to access primary source documents from the National Archives, Library of Congress and a variety of other online repositories.
  • Become skilled at analyzing primary sources.
  • Learn various teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom and how to engage students and enable to think critically.
  • Integrate landscapes and places as primary sources in instruction.

As a follow up to the Civil War to Civil Rights, Crossroads to Freedom workshop participants will:

  • Develop and implement a primary source activity integrating their workshop learning in their instructional setting.
  • Report to the museum staff on implementation successes and/or challenges.

Workshop tuition is $200 and will include support supplies and materials and transportation and admissions for sites visited during the workshop period.  Participants will be responsible for local commuting and any required overnight accommodations. Participant scholarships are available, (please note that all applicants will be considered for a scholarship and an additional application is not needed).  Please review guidelines and prerequisites before applying. Click here to download overview and guidelines (PDF).

How to Apply

Click here to complete application form and make payment for workshop!

Past Seminars and Participant Projects
2012 Congress & Emancipation
2013 Crossroads to Freedom

Summer 2013 2 Summer 2013



Workshops for Educators
Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights
"Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights," follows the theme of our main exhibit under the same title. The African American Civil War Museum staff facilitates an interactive workshop for educators that provide an overview of the Civil War, the recruitment of the United States Colored Troops and the involvement of African Americans in the Civil War. In this workshop, educators receive a custom tour of the museum's exhibit Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights, a resource packet of activities and lesson plans, and a presentation on the main topic, "Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights," using primary sources from the Library of Congress and National Archives.

The program last approximately 2 hours and is available for $10 per person. Reservations for this program are required in advance of visit. To reserve please email education@afroamcivilwar.org.


Congress and Emancipation
In "Congress and Emancipation," the African American Civil War Museum staff facilitates an interactive workshop for educators that uses letters, memoirs and Congressional legislation to help students understand the process of emancipation in the United States. In this workshop, educators receive a custom tour of the museum's exhibit Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights, a resource packet of activities and lesson plans, and a presentation on the main topic, "Congress and Emancipation," using primary sources from the Library of Congress's collection A Century of Lawmaking.

The program last approximately 2 hours and is available for $10 per person. Reservations for this program are required in advance of visit. To reserve please email education@afroamcivilwar.org.

Custom Teacher Workshops
To schedule a custom designed workshop for your teachers contact the museum at 202-667-2667 or education@afroamcivilwar.org. A minimum of 10 teachers are required for custom workshops. In the past the museum has done custom workshops for educators on topics such as African American Spies in the Civil War and Women in the Civil War.

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