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Seminars and Forums in American History and Government: These programs are each focused on a single topic, such as Civil Rights, Madison vs. Hamilton, Reconstruction, Presidential Power, or some other key topic, event, or idea in American history. For Seminars, participants are provided with a packet of primary source documents to read in advance of the program, and on the day of the event take part in a Socratic discussion facilitated by a scholar expert in that field. A continuing education certificate is provided and teachers can elect to take the Seminar for a single graduate credit through Ashland University. Forums are half-day programs that rely on a smaller collection of documents and involve a scholar demonstrating how to close-read a selection of documents in order to learn deeply about a single topic.

TeachingAmericanHistory.orgWe believe that this is the premier resource for teachers, students, and citizens regarding American studies, given our extensive collections. Our Document Library consists of over 2200 primary sources from the roots of American government to the present. We also have several outstanding online exhibits related to aspects of the American Founding, as well as archives of our webinars and access to document-based lesson plans.

Saturday Webinars: One Saturday each month during the school year Ashbrook hosts a panel discussion between scholars for teachers from across the country. Documents are provided online in advance, and participants pose questions online which a moderator then asks of the two scholar panelists. This year’s overarching theme has been “American Controversies.” Each session is about 75 minutes, and a certificate for 2 hours of continuing education is provided to every attendee (given that reading the documents takes time in advance of the program). More information about the program is posted here. Additionally, all of our programs are archived online and are available for subscription through iTunes, as well.

Weekend Colloquia: These programs run from Friday evening through Sunday mid-day, and are similar in focus and format to the one-day programs, albeit longer and therefore more in-depth. They are also typically held at historic sites, such as Mount Vernon. All expenses related to food and lodging are covered by Ashbrook, and participants are provided with a travel stipend to offset those costs. These programs are limited to 15-20 participants.

Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquia: Presented in partnership with the Liberty Fund, these weekend programs are similar in format to our Weekend Colloquia, but include an additional two 90-minute discussion sessions, and generally address topics that focus only Founding-era ideas.

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