Conference: Teaching with Historic Places - 2011

A workshop for K-12 educators
and historical organizations

June 11th, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm


2011 Theme: The Virginian Home Front during the Civil War


Registration is now closed for the 2011 Conference. Please check back next year for our June 2012 conference.



Information on the 2011 Workshop

The Tusculum Institute, a center for historic preservation located at Sweet Briar College, will host a workshop, "Teaching with Historic Places," from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.

The conference is aimed at K-12 teachers, as well as curators and docents from historical societies or museums.

Registration is free for teachers. To register, e-mail your name, school, e-mail address, phone number and grade(s) taught to Lynn Rainville, founding director of the Tusculum Institute, at lrainville{at}

Qualified teachers are eligible for a $40 stipend for participating and SOL-based lesson plans will be distributed to all participants.

A light continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration.

"Teaching with Historic Places" is sponsored by the Tusculum Institute and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Information on the Individual Sessions

Jim Percoco
Author and Teacher
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Presentation Title: Summers with Lincoln: One Teacher's Quest to Understand the Monumental Mania with the 16th President

Summary: Author and nationally recognized history educator, Jim Percoco, will share how his four year quest to look for the man Abraham Lincoln, behind bonze and stone. Across the United States, in small towns and big cities, in the middle of busy squares and hidden on quiet streets, there are over 200 statues erected in the 16th President's memory. Join Percoco on his odyssey and learn how this revitalized and invigorated his classroom and teaching.

Dr. Lauranett Lee
Curator & Historian

Presentation Title: " 'My legs felt like stone': Contraband of War."

Summary: Dr. Lee's presentation explores how teachers can use contemporary music to help students understand historical moments in American history. As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration, Dr. Lee's research has focused on Fort Monroe and the contraband decision that came about with the arrival of three enslaved men early in the war. Subsequently, thousands of African Americans seized their freedom and walked miles to escape slavery and begin new lives. Through the medium of music, teachers will be able to help students make relevant connections about the experiences of less well known people and places in Virginia's history.  

Rachel C. Deddens & Judy Harvey
Museum Educator and Guide, Lynchburg Museum System

Presentation Title: "Lynchburg In The Civil War: Women's Roles and Mourning Practices"

Summary: When the news of Fort Sumter's surrender reached Lynchburg, guns were fired in excitement as many citizens applauded South Carolina's stand against the Federal government. Men signed up to fight, leaving the women to organize the needs of the home front, assist in taking care of the wounded and dying, and mourn the dead.

Bert Dunkerly
NPS Ranger & Historian

Presentation Title: "Beyond the Battlefield: Interpreting the Homefront at Appomattox"

Summary: Appomattox Court House was the site where General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to General Ulysses S. Grant. While the park preserves the battlefield and campsites of the armies, Appomattox Court House was also village. This presentation will discuss the homefront resources in village and how the park presents these themes to school groups, both in person and through its website.



2011 Schedule & Registration

11 June 2011 - Schedule of Events

9:00 Welcome, Dr. Lynn Rainville, Director, Tusculum Institute

9:15 "Summers with Lincoln: One Teacher's Quest to Understand the Monumental Mania with the 16th President," Jim Percoco, Author and Teacher

10:30 Coffee Break

10:45 "'My legs felt like stone': Contraband of War," Dr. Lauranett Lee, Curator, Virginia Historical Society

12-12:30 Lunch (provided for participants)

12:30 On-line Civil War Resources

1:00 "Beyond the Battlefield: Interpreting the Homefront at Appomattox," Bert Dunkerly, NPS Ranger

2:00 "Lynchburg In The Civil War: Women's Roles and Mourning Practices," Rachel Deddens and Judy Harvey, Lynchburg Museum System

Fredericksburg, Va. After the Civil War. Library of Congress.