TAH teacher participants at Touro Synagogue, in Newport, RI as part of our Religion in American History and Politics Program, 2015.

Presented by TAH.org and Liberty Fund

TeachingAmericanHistory.org and Liberty Fund are proud to continue their series of weekend 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.

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, taking an active role in each of the six discussion sessions throughout the weekend.

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. 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 $400 (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. 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 2017-2018 school year are not eligible to apply for the 18-19 year.

The application window for the 2018-19 school year is closed; please check back in the fall for next year’s dates.

2018-2019 Program Details

2018-2019 Colloquia Details

Presidents and the Constitution: James Madison, 17-19 August 2018, Montpelier, VA

Presidents and the Constitution: George Washington, 28-30 September 2018, Valley Forge, PA

  • Program hosted at historic Valley Forge, with site visit
  • Discussion Leader: Dr. William Allen

Presidents and the Constitution: Abraham Lincoln, 12-14 October 2018, Springfield, IL

  • Visit the Lincoln Home and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
  • Discussion Leader: Dr. Lucas Morel

President Ronald Reagan’s Developing Perspective on Liberty, 15-17 February 2019, Simi Valley, CA

  • Visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • Discussion Leader: Dr Stephen Knott

Liberty and the Declaration of Independence, 22-24 March 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Presidents and the Constitution: Thomas Jefferson, 5-7 April 2019, Charlottesville, VA

Past Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Programs