Weekend Teacher Seminars

Presented by Ashbrook and Liberty Fund

Liberty Fund

The Ashbrook Center and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend seminars allow teachers of American history and government to explore the themes of liberty and responsibility throughout America’s history and constitutional tradition.

Participating teachers will read a series of primary source documents, travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with a select group of colleagues over the course of a weekend. These conversations are open-ended – teachers are not expected to reach a set conclusion about the material, are not required to take an assessment, and are not asked to complete a lesson plan. Participating teachers are only expected to engage fully in conversation.

A special feature of our Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquia is the historical tour or experience, which enables participants to see firsthand the places where our history was made. These tours typically involve at least a moderate amount of walking, and the nature of some historic sites precludes access by people with some disabilities or challenges in moving – for example, the mansion at Mt. Vernon involves going up and down tight, steep stairs, and most sites do not have elevators. Please take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to apply, as participation in all parts of the program is required. Contact us if you have any questions.

Teachers selected to participate will have the cost of lodging, meals, and materials for the weekend’s colloquia covered through the generosity of Liberty Fund. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $425 (contingent on full attendance at program activities) to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.

Participation is based on a competitive application process.

Current Year Seminars

  • 2015-2016
    • 28-30 August 2015, Williamsburg, VA: Slavery and the Constitutional Republic
    • 18-20 September 2015, Philadelphia, PA: The Federalist Papers
    • 4-6 December 2015, Montpelier, VA: James Madison
    • 4-6 March 2016, Mt. Vernon, VA: George Washington
    • 1-3 April 2016: Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln
    • 8-10 April 2016: Hyde Park, NY: FDR
    • 22-24 April 2016: Northampton, MA: Calvin Coolidge

Past Seminars


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