Teacher Institute 2016

“Hands On on the Home Front”

This summer will be the eleventh year the Virginia War Memorial presents the See Freedom Speak Teacher Institutes. For 2016, they have put together an outstanding lineup of interesting topics, locations and well qualified guest speakers.  Also included will be university scholar lecturers and historians, book author presentations, and tours of hosting venues.  Our goal is to give teachers the additional knowledge and resources to make history come alive in their classrooms.  We encourage teachers from around Virginia to attend and register early as space is limited.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and includes a complimentary lunch.  The program is aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards (SOLs) and is eligible for teacher relicensure points.  Remember, there is no registration fee, and teachers may register to attend this program, as well as the other seven offered by the Virginia War Memorial.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
(Staunton - Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library)

“Hands On on the Home Front”
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker - Dr. Sam Schaffer, Assistant Dean of Faculty at St. Albans School in Washington, DC.  From 2010 through 2012, he was the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.  He received his B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997 and his Ph.D. in history from Yale in 2010.  His manuscript, New South Nation: Woodrow Wilson’s Generation and the Rise of the South, 1880-1920, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.  Sam has delivered papers at the annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations; reviewed books for the Journal of Southern History, the North Carolina Historical Review, and H-Net Reviews; and published articles in such journals as Proteus: A Journal of Ideas.

*A tour of the Museum is included.

To register and for more information:  http://www.vawarmemorial.org/VAWM/View.aspx?mode=test&page=programsresources/foreducators/teacherinstitute2016/ti16registration



This event is co sponsored with Virginia War Memorial.

Jim Triesler, Education Director

621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

(804) 786-2062.   James.Triesler@dvs.virginia.gov


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation