Annual Conference: Teaching with Historic Places

A workshop for K-12 educators
and historical organizations

June 15th, 2013
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

2013 Theme: Civil Rights in Education

Fill Out a Survey for the 2013 Workshop

Local Links to Oral History Projects
Amherst County: Three Schools Project, an edited DVD contains several hours of interviews with alumni from the Amherst County Training School and the Bear Mountain Mission School (it also contains interviews about the Clifford School). The Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) continues its research into Amherst County Schools in 2013 and 2014. For more information, visit their website.


Nelson County: Nelson County Heritage Center and the Millennium Project (presented by Ms. Rose and Ms. Wardlaw). Click here for their website.

State-wide: Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE Project).

The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square (Richmond).
Source: The Virginia Capitol.

Information on the 2013 Workshop

The conference is aimed at K-12 teachers, as well as curators and docents from historical societies or museums. Certified K-12 teachers will receive a stipend for participating. Museum and historical society professionals are welcome to attend. The fee will be $25.

To register, please click on the link above.

SOL-based lesson plans will be distributed to all participants and the first 40 registrants will receive a free copy of the DVD "Mr. Stokes Mission" (2012).

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.

2013 Workshop Survey (will be available on June 16th, 2013)

Spend the weekend on Sweet Briar's beautiful campus

As a special bonus, the weekend of the Civil Rights in Education conference is also the opening weekend of Endstation Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline and the continuing performances of Taming of the Shrew. If you attend one of the shows in their 2013 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival season with a group of 10 or more, you will get a 3 dollar discount on each ticket purchased (so $12 for general admission, $19 for premium seats). So plan to stay the night before or after the conference at the on-campus Elston Inn and enjoy a show! For ticket information, click here.

Later in June Endstation will present "Violet: a musical" which is set in 1964 in the Deep South with the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. The play follows the emotional transformation of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father. She sets off on a journey by bus from her small North Carolina town in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Oklahoma, in hopes that a TV evangelist can heal her scar. On her journey, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about being an outsider and the beauty, love, and courage it takes. For more information about that play, click here.


2013 Schedule & Registration

15 June 2013 - Schedule of Events

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

9:15 - "An Historical Overview of Civil Rights in Education," Prof. Ted DeLaney (Associate Professor of History, Washington & Lee University). Read more about Prof. Delaney.

A downloadable version of Prof. DeLaney's oral history questions.

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 - "The Story Behind the R.R. Moton School Strike (Farmville, Va)" Justin Reid (Associate Director for Museum Operations, Moton Museum). Read more about Mr. Reid.

11:00 - Film and discussion, "Mr. Stokes' Mission," a 30 minute documentary accompanied by a lesson plan to use in the classroom. Read more about the Stokes Film.

12:00 - lunch - and an opportunity to browse an exhibit about Nelson County's efforts to desegregate their schools

12:45 - A presentation and discussion with author and desegregation survivor, Betty Kilby Fisher. Author of Wit, Will, and Walls (2002). Order a copy from amazon here. Read more about Ms. Fisher.

1:45 - Break

2:00 - Telling the Story of Civil Rights Education in your Community, a panel and roundtable discussion. Led by John T. Kneebone (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, VCU) and joined by Edith Napier and Mary Rose (Directors, Nelson County Oral History Center).

3:00 - The Sweet Briar College Case (1967) and other local examples, Dr. Lynn Rainville

3:30 - End of the Workshop

Visit a virtual exhibit about the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Historical Society in 2004, available on-line here.