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TPS-TN 2012 Summer Institute

The TPS-TN 2013 Civil War Summer Institute will expore emancipation. Content experts will discuss how emancipation unfolded in the region and the long struggle for freedom and equality. Participants will spend time researching relevant collections, exhibitions, and materials available from the Library of Congress. Experienced educators will share strategies on incorporating the inquiry method and primary sources in the classroom. TPS staff will discuss the importance of using historic sites as primary sources and strategies for connecting site visits to classroom teaching.

Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, June 25-27

Times: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: University of Memphis

Theme: Emancipation

The goal of the institute is to provide educators a strong foundation in the historical content related to the theme; provide instruction and share strategies for using primary sources both in the classroom and in conjunction with visits to historic sites; and immerse participants in relevant collections and materials available from the Library of Congress Web site.


Requirements for participants:

  • Prior familiarity with Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress Web site (preference give to registrants with at least two hours of TPS workshop experience)
  • Completion of at-home review modules
  • Completion of advanced readings
  • Attendance on all three days

Participants will receive:

  • Instruction and guidance from content experts, leaders experienced in the inquiry method, and in-service educators
  • Lunch on three days
  • Transportation to historic sites visited
  • Travel stipend ($100)
  • Handouts, flash drives, and other educator materials
  • Certificate of Completion, that can be redeemed for professional development credit hours

Participants will be encouraged to create lesson plans and to submit their completed products to us for posting on our Web site and for receipt of an additional stipend.


Day One: June 25

  • 9:00, Introductions, orientation, and overview of institute
  • 9:30, Activity: Analyzing Primary Sources
  • 10:00, Speaker - Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, Middle Tennessee State University
  • 10:45, Break
  • 11:00, Activity: Connecting the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment
  • 12:00, Lunch
  • 12:45, Activity: Book Backdrops
  • 1:30, Break
  • 1:45, Speaker - Dr. Susan O'Donovan, University of Memphis
  • 2:45, Reflection Activity
  • 3:15, Dismiss

Day Two: June 26

  • 9:00, Meet at University to depart for site visits – see Google Map for directions and site descriptions
  • 9:20, Tour National Cemetery
  • 10:40, Tour Zion Cemetery with Dr. Milton Moreland, Rhodes College
  • 12:00, Lunch
  • 1:00, Tour Beale Street Baptist Church
  • 2:00, Tour Site of Fort Pickering
  • 2:30, Return to University
  • 3:00, Conversations: The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin: A 20th Century Disquisition on Equality with Dr. Charles McKinney, Rhodes College
  • 4:15, Dismiss

Day Three: June 27

  • 9:00, President's Island School Project by Mark Scott, Memphis East High School
  • 9:45, Discussion: What classroom projects are you doing?
  • 10:15, Discussion: How do we approach difficult subject matters and use potentially offensive primary sources in the classroom?
  • 10:45, Break
  • 11:00, Finding Civil War Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
  • 12:00, Lunch
  • 12:45, Creating Projects
  • 2:10, Break
  • 2:25, Sharing Projects
  • 2:45, Reflection Activity: How can the stories of emancipation change students' understanding of the Civil War?
  • 3:15, Wrap-up
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Institute staff will be on hand for one-on-one discussion and assistance.

For additional information contact Stacey Graham or Kira Duke.