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.


Upcoming Workshops

Remembering America’s First Veterans—Free Workshop for Florida Teachers
4826 Ashton Road, Sarasota, Florida
Saturday, April 4, 2020
, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

James Madison wrote that veterans of the American Revolution suffered a “singular hardship” that “can never be forgotten.” Yet because America’s civilian population suffered enormously during the eight-year conflict, honoring veterans for their “singular” service took more than a generation. Enlisted men like Joseph Plumb Martin, who served seven years in the Continental Army, were left feeling “turned adrift like old worn-out horses” until the early nineteenth century, when prosperity coupled with romantic sentiment toward the Revolution fostered an appreciation for the sacrifices made by the heroes of the War of Independence.

This workshop telling the story of America’s First Veterans will feature historian Roger Smith of Colonial Research Associates and the library and museum collections of the American Revolution Institute. Attendees will receive primary source-based classroom activities which align to Title XLVIII, Chapter 1003.42 (2)(a), (f) and (t) of the 2018 Florida Statutes.

This free workshop for Florida teachers is co-hosted by the Florida Council for History Education (FLCHE). Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

To register, contact Stacia Smith, American Revolution Institute Director of Education at


Upcoming Conferences

Remembering the Ladies: The Rights of Women and the Legacy of the American Revolution
Cleveland, Ohio
March 19-21, 2020

Abigail Adams’ famous eighteenth century plea to the leaders of Revolutionary America made clear that the republican ideals espoused by the patriot cause held a promise for the future of all Americans—the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments and the fight for the 19th Amendment revived this rhetoric and demonstrated how the ideas and events of the American Revolution inspired the movement for civil liberties for American women; this session will trace the impact of the Revolution on the campaign for women’s rights using paintings, prints and documents from the Institute’s collection.

Information regarding registration for the NCHE Conference is available at their website:


For more information, contact:

Stacia Smith
Director of Education
202.785.2040 x416