Weekend Colloquia at Historic Sites

Explore history in the places it was made is proud to offer a series of weekend colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend colloquia allow teachers of American history and government to explore in depth the people and ideas you are asked to teach, at the historic sites that help to illuminate the subject.

See below the list of amazing historic sites we will be traveling to during the summer of 2016.

What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 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 in thoughtful conversation.

Each colloquium begins on Friday evening and concludes on Sunday morning. will provide teachers selected to participate with accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, meals, and materials for the weekend’s colloquium. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site. Teachers have an opportunity to earn up to an additional $100 in stipend money by presenting a lesson built around their program’s topics and documents to colleagues, and/or help bring a Seminar or Forum to their district. Details about each of these options will be mailed along with acceptance letters.

A special feature of our 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.

Participation is based on a competitive application process. Participants will receive a letter documenting their participation in 8 contact hours.

During the Summer of 2016, will be offering the following colloquia for teachers of American history or government.  Click on the topics below for more details.

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