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August 2016

One-Day Seminar: The Constitutional Convention conducted at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)

August 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Dr. Gordon Lloyd for a free seminar about a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching the Constitutional Convention. The program, for any teachers, education students, or student teachers, will focus on using a variety of primary documents – visual and textual – to help students understand what took place at the Convention of 1787...

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March 2017

One-Day Seminar: Equality and Liberty: Primary Documents, Literature, and Teaching Strategies hosted by Napa Valley Unified School District (Napa, CA)

March 31, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the two fundamental American ideas, equality and liberty, using historical documents and literary texts. It combines the discussion of these texts with a discussion of how they can be used in the team-taught classroom.  A historian and a literary scholar, David Tucker and Ellen Tucker, will lead discussions of the documents. Cathy Alderman and Steve Main, who have 13 years of experience team-teaching English and history at Anderson New Tech High School, Anderson, California, will lead the discussion…

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May 2018

One-Day Seminar: The American Founding, hosted by Pepperdine University

May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join TeachingAmericanHistory.org at Pepperdine University on Friday, May 4th, 2018 for a free one-day seminar about the American Founding. Teachers will take part in a Socratic discussion about the ideas and structures unique to the American style of government, and beyond those consider the place of slavery within the ideas and practices of self-government in the late 18th Century. All registrants will receive a documents reader on paper in advance of the program (PDF copy of reader and agenda available…

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September 2018

One-Day Seminar: The Gilded Age – Foreign and Domestic Policy, hosted by San Diego USD (San Diego, CA)

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from the San Diego area to discuss the key domestic and foreign policy issues of the Gilded Age, and the ideas behind them, through a collection of original documents. Teachers will take part in three 90-minute discussion sessions, led by Dr. David Tucker of Ashland University, using the words and arguments of the times to better understand the people, events, and movements of this pivotal point in American history. All registrants will receive a paper copy of the…

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April 2019

One-Day Seminar: TR, Wilson, and the Progressive Reformers, hosted by Pepperdine West LA Campus (Los Angeles, CA)

April 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join teachers from Southern California to study the ideas, people, and lasting legacy of the Progressive Era of American History. Relevant to any teacher of American History, Government, or Civics, and even Economics, this program will help teachers learn more about Progressive reformers through three clusters of original documents, studied through Socratic conversation. Lunch will be provided on-site, and a digital copy of the agenda and reader, with driving directions, can be found here. All registrants will be sent a physical…

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One-Day Seminar: Cold War Foreign Policy, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across Southern California to study American foreign policy during the Cold War, from the beginning of the conflict through Vietnam. This program, conducted as a discussion-based seminar, will be based on a set of primary source readings, sent to all registrants in advance of the program. A continuing education certificate, lunch, and admission to the USS Midway will be provided free of charge, and teachers will experience a special behind-the-scenes tour of the ship before the museum opens to…

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June 2019

One Day Seminar: The Constitutional Convention hosted by Pepperdine West LA Campus (Los Angeles, CA)

June 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

TAH.org and Pepperdine University are partnering to bring another One Day Seminar to California teachers, this time about the Constitutional Convention - the ideas, politics, people, challenges and legacy of the Summer of 1787. Teachers will be provided with a reader of original documents drawn from TAH.org's Constitutional Convention collection, lunch, and a certificate for professional development time. Digital copies of the agenda and documents reader will be available here after 1 April.

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July 2019

One Day Seminar: The American Founding, hosted by Lodi Unified School District (Lodi, CA)

July 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar will examine the principles of the American Revolution and how they came to define the structure of the American Constitution for the Founding generation. Special focus will be placed on core American political ideals and systems, and the question of how to reconcile these with the institution of slavery. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program. You can access digital copies of the materials here…

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August 2019

One-Day Seminar: The Federalist Papers and the Debate Over the Constitution, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Join area teachers to study the debate over the creation and ratification of the Constitution, with a special focus on Federalist 10, as well as other Federalist and Antifederalist writings. This Seminar will consist of three discussion sessions based entirely in primary documents, facilitated by a university scholar. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of the reader, a certificate for continuing education hours, lunch, and free access to the USS Midway Museum after the program concludes.…

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September 2019

One-Day Seminar: The Founding and Electoral College, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about how the Founders sought to formalize their ideas of limited government, a new vision of federalism, and balance between democratic and republican ideals, all while seeking compromise and consensus between a diverse collection of geographic, economic, and ideological factions and viewpoints. This Seminar will consist of three discussion sessions based entirely in primary documents, facilitated by a university scholar. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of the reader, a certificate for continuing education hours,…

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October 2019

One-Day Seminar: Congress and Relations with the Executive Branch, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

October 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about the evolution of Congressional-Executive relations in this documents-based Seminar, hosted by the USS Midway Museum. The documents reader will consist of three case studies of documents, each exploring a different era in our history, and how the connection between the two political branches of the federal government have worked in sync and at odds over time. All teachers will be provided with digital and physical copies of the agenda and reader, as well as lunch and a certificate…

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November 2019

Gilbert Stuart. George Washington, 1797. Oil on canvas. Public domain, Clark Art Institute. Accession number 1955.16.

One-Day Seminar: George Washington’s Impact on American Foreign Policy, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about the foundations of American foreign policy, and how they have played out and been challenged since the earliest years of the republic. Special emphasis will be put on George Washington's Farewell Address, and the message he conveyed in it about America's place in the world and relations with other countries, and how leaders since his time have understood his ideas. Teachers will be provided with a digital and physical copy of the reader, a certificate for continuing education…

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January 2020

One-Day Seminar: FDR and World War 2, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

January 24 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

The first in TAH's 2020 slate of seminars on board the USS Midway, this program will focus on FDR's management of the war at home and abroad, with consideration of FDR's pre-war foreign policy, Japanese internment, the Holocaust, and the major military turning points. Lunch and a certificate for continuing education will be provided, as well as free access to the museum after the program concludes. Access digital copies of program materials here after mid-December 2019 Registration has been closed…

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February 2020

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War, hosted by the USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

February 21 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Study the origins of the Cold War through a collection of original documents, beginning with the foundations of U.S.-Soviet friction before, during, and immediately after World War 2. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies of the agenda and documents reader. This program will also include a special tour of the USS Midway, conducted before the museum opens to the public. Access digital copies of program…

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