With the support of our donors, Teaching American History is proud to continue offering free multi-day colloquia for social studies teachers. These weekend programs allow teachers of American history and government to explore the themes of liberty and responsibility throughout America’s history and constitutional tradition.


Alexander Hamilton and the American Founding

November 15-17, 2019

Discussion Leader: David Alvis
The program will be held at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, located near the National WWI Museum. Participants must plan to arrive before 6:00pm on Friday, November 15; departure will be after 12:15pm on Sunday, November 17.

George Washington and the American Founding

December 13-15, 2019

Discussion Leader: William Allen
The program will be held at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge near the beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park. Participants must plan to arrive before 5:00pm on Friday, December 13; departure will be after 12:15pm on Sunday, December 15.

James Madison and the American Founding

December 13-15, 2019

Discussion Leader: Jason Jividen
The program will be held at the James Madison’s Montpelier in beautiful Orange, Virginia. Participants must plan to arrive before 6:30pm on Friday, December 13; departure will be after 12:00pm on Sunday, December 15.

Teachers selected to participate will have the cost of lodging, meals, and materials for the colloquia covered through the generosity of our donors. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $300 (contingent on full attendance at program activities) to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.

Each seminar is limited to 20 participants. Participation is based on a competitive application process. Qualifications are below.

  • Applicants must be current K-12 school teachers, with priority given to high school teachers
  • Teachers who attended a TAH.org Liberty Fund weekend during the 2018-2019 school year are not eligible to apply for the 19-20 year.

Applications for these colloquia are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than September 13, 2019.

Please keep an eye on this page for our 2020 colloquia list — applications will open in the late fall!

We especially encourage teachers who have not participated in a previous Teaching American History seminar to register and are happy to address any questions you may have about the format or the readings.

Please Note: A special feature of our Multi-Day 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. 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.