STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial, it is hosting a teacher institute, “Over There—Over Here: An In-depth Look at World War I,” on Tuesday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Presidential Library and the War Memorial will hold a nearly identical program the following week, on Tuesday, August 3, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The institutes, aligned with Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning, are targeted to Virginia and U.S. History middle school and high school teachers in Virginia. In Staunton, the guest speaker will be Dr. Edward Lengel, University of Virginia professor and author of To Conquer Hell: The Meuse Argonne 1918, who will speak at 10:25 a.m. In Richmond, the guest speaker will be Brigadier General John "Jack" Mountcastle, former Chief of Army Military History.
These two institutes are among ten single-day See Freedom Speak institutes that the Virginia War Memorial and their partners are holding across Virginia this summer to examine history from the Civil War through the Cold War. These programs are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning and will be targeted for teachers from all grade levels at both public and private schools. Institutes are being held on various dates June through August. Registration is closed for all institutes.
At the institutes, educators will examine topics including the personal stories from the Vietnam War, the historical invasion of D-Day on the shores of France, and the Native Americans’ extraordinary sacrifice during war. The institutes offer an opportunity for teachers from across Virginia to exchange instructional ideas. Additional resources will be available for classroom use that will create an atmosphere in which students desire more information about these history changing events and people. In addition to Dr. Lengel and Brigadier General Mountcastle, guest speakers include former Chief of Army Military History; Brigadier General Jack Nicholson, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, President, Women In Military Service To America Memorial; Mike Gorman, National Park Service historian; Francis Gary Powers, Jr., founder of the Cold War Museum and son of the famous U-2 pilot; and Dr. Herman Viola, author, historian, and curator emeritus with the Smithsonian Institution.