The Institute’s one-day workshops held at historic sites around the country provide opportunities for teachers to expand their knowledge of the American Revolution, discuss strategies for teaching the subject with historians and fellow educators, and explore the Institute’s classroom resources. Instruction focuses on a specific theme related to the American Revolution, often connected to the history of the region where the workshop is held. Each workshop consists of a lecture on the chosen theme by an invited scholar, presentations by Institute staff on related classroom resources drawing on our collections, and a guided tour of the host site connecting the local history to themes explored in the workshop. Workshops are free to educators. Participating teachers receive confirmation of professional development hours.
The Institute also participates in annual conferences sponsored by national and state organizations such as the National Conference for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education, as well as their regional and state affiliates. Registration, fees, and the conferral of professional development credits for these events are managed by the respective organizations.
“That Blessing Which Equal Heaven Bestow’d”: Civic Engagement and the Legacy of John Laurens
AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE MUSEUM
Exeter, New Hampshire
Friday, October 4, 2019
Continental Army officer John Laurens was a passionate advocate for the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. In 1776 he wrote “We have sunk the Africans and their descendants below the Standard of Humanity, and almost render’d them incapable of that Blessing which equal Heaven bestow’d upon us all”. The American Revolution personified our highest democratic ideals—liberty, equality, civic responsibility and natural and civil rights—and serves as the touchstone for over two-hundred years of social change in America. Teachers in attendance at this workshop will use the resources of the American Revolution Institute and the American Independence Museum to appreciate the historical significance of John Laurens’ efforts during the War to convince Congress and the Continental Army to enlist enslaved persons in the army in exchange for their freedom, and how Laurens’ example of advocacy inspires civic engagement today.
Information regarding registration for this free workshop will be posted in the coming weeks.
American “Notions of Independence” 1775-2019
VIRGINIA COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES Annual Conference for Educators: Voices of Democracy
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019
In 1775 a British army captain encamped at Charlestown Heights wrote a letter describing how “this Country and its Inhabitants” were occupied by “the same Spirit … from Nova Scotia to the Carolinas; Burning with the Fiercest flame”. He observed that “The People … habituated by Notions of Independence, are and have been determined for some years past to throw of[f] the British Yoke; happily, indeed”.
Participants in this session will examine Captain Gunning’s letter, and connect it to famous as well as lesser-known American Voices of Democracy spanning two centuries—specifically: 1) the articulation of this “Spirit” in the Declaration of Independence, 2) the influence of the Declaration’s plea for American democracy as reflected in a patriot’s letters home in 1776, and 3) the legacy of the Declaration of Independence today.
Join the American Revolution Institute’s mission by learning more about the free materials and resources we provide students and teachers. Our session will feature an overview of the Institute’s online library and museum collections and the work of our master teachers, an introduction to our newly-launched educational video game Revolutionary Choices, and a lesson outline corresponding to the following Virginia Standards of Learning: Virginia Studies (VS.5a), United States History to 1865 (USI.6a and 6b), Virginia and United States History (VUS.4b and 4e), and Virginia and United States Government (GOVT.2e and 3.a-f) and featuring primary source materials from the collections of the American Revolution Institute,.
Information regarding registration for the VCSSE is available at their website: http://www.vcss.org/home.html.
American Independence: “the signal to burst the chains”
FLORIDA COUNCIL FOR HISTORY EDUCATION Annual Conference: Breaking Barriers in History
St. Augustine, Florida
Saturday, August 3, 2019
In 1826 Thomas Jefferson offered an expansive vision of the Declaration of Independence he had drafted fifty years earlier: “May it be to the world, the signal arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self government.” The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati honors the establishment of American independence as one of the four constructive achievements of the Revolution, and exists to support the effective teaching of America’s eighteenth-century struggle for independence as well as the powerful legacy of its realization, inspiring social change in the United States and across the globe for over two hundred years.
Join the American Revolution Institute’s mission by learning more about the free materials and resources we provide students and teachers. Our session will feature an overview of the Institute’s online library and museum collections and the work of our master teachers, an introduction to our newly-launched educational video game Revolutionary Choices, and lesson plans geared to the FLDOE Strands in American History.
Information regarding registration for the FLCHE Annual Conference is available at their website: http://www.flche.net/conference-information-and-registration.html.
For more information, contact:
Director of Education