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.

Recent Workshops

The American Revolution at Sea

The Watermen’s Museum — Yorktown, Virginia
Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The American Revolution was mostly fought at sea. The British and French navies—the most powerful in the world—fought for control of the Atlantic world, while hundreds of American privateers preyed on British shipping.  In this workshop, teachers will explore the maritime dimensions of the conflict, including the struggle between the preeminent naval powers of the eighteenth century. The workshop will incorporate local history, including the development of the Virginia State Navy and the data gathered from archaeological remains of Cornwallis’ sunken fleet at the bottom of the York River. Participants will receive document-based lessons illustrating life at sea for officers and sailors and learn about navigation in the age of sail and about the nature of communication technology at sea.


For more information, contact:

Stacia Smith
Curriculum Development Specialist
202.785.2040 ext.416