The American Revolution Institute holds one-day workshops on the American Revolution at historic sites around the country, providing 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 a scholar associated with the Institute as well as presentations by Institute staff on classroom resources, and a guided tour of the host site connecting the local history to themes explored in the workshop. American Revolution Institute workshops are free to educators. Participating teachers receive confirmation of professional development hours.

Workshop themes typically relate to the American Revolution Institute’s Plan of Instruction on the American Revolution, which integrates effectively with the United States history standards in most states. Themes relate to the shaping of the Revolution, the Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary Republic, or the Legacy of the Revolution and address the constructive accomplishments of the American Revolution, usually in a manner closely tied to the history of the state or region where the workshop is held.

The Institute also participates in annual conferences sponsored by national and state organizations involved with American history education, including the National Conference for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education, and their regional and state affiliates. Registration, fees, and professional development credits for attending these events are managed by the respective organizations.

Contact us if you are interested in a workshop for your school district, state, or region during the 2022-2023 academic year.


Upcoming Events:

The Patriot’s Monitor: Defining Freedom During the Early Republic

National Council for History Education (NCHE) 33rd Annual Conference

March 25, 2023, Salt Lake City, UT

Participants will examine an 1810 publication called The Patriot’s Monitor … Designed to Impress and Perpetuate the First Principles of the Revolution on the Minds of Youth; Adapted for the Use of Schools to consider what fundamental concepts of freedom and founding documents the author deemed essential to the education of the youngest citizens of the early American republic. Contemporary as well as modern works will be explored before attendees will be tasked with composing a version of the Monitor for their twenty-first century classrooms. 2023 NCHE Conference link

Recent Events:

Revolution in the South

Free Workshop for Virginia and North Carolina Teachers

November 5, 2022, Danville, VA

Participants will be given inquiry-based lesson materials drawing from the American Revolution Institute’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, portraits, and artifacts to teach their students about the war in the south, medical practice during the war, and the Revolution’s southern heroines during this day-long workshop focused on the History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools (VS.5, VUS.4 and USI.6) and North Carolina’s fifth grade, eighth grade, and American History I essential standards. The resources of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and the Halifax County Historical Society will also be featured. Funding for this program generously provided by the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati. For more information download the PDF flyer for this event.

Saving Soldiers: Medical Practice During the Revolutionary War

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 102nd Annual Conference

December 2-4, 2022, Philadelphia PA

Primary sources illustrate the formidable challenges doctors faced during the American Revolution—physicians had little wartime experience, and ten times more soldiers died of disease and infection than in battle. Participants will be given inquiry-based lesson materials using the American Revolution Institute’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, portraits, and artifacts to teach their students about medical practice during the American Revolution and the experiences of injured and infirm soldiers and the doctors who treated them. Multi-disciplinary resources align with the C3 Framework and Common Core and are available free online—readily accessible for synchronous or asynchronous learning. 2022 NCSS Conference link

For more information, contact:

Stacia Smith
Director of Education
202.785.2040 x416

We encourage all our visitors to read Why the American Revolution Matters, our basic statement about the importance of the American Revolution. It outlines what every American should understand about the central event in American history.

We invite all teachers and school administrators involved with American history, civics, and social studies who have an interest in the American Revolution to join the Teaching Associates of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati.