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Join Pamplin Historical Park educators on an educational journey that explores how the Civil War resolved two of the most important questions that ever faced the country: would slavery be permitted to expand in the United States; and did states have the right to secede from the Union? Learn new teaching methods, activities, and strategies to use in the classroom that will engage students as they learn about slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Exchange ideas with colleagues from a wide range of educational backgrounds and experiences. Tour area sites and realize the wealth of educational resources available in central Virginia. Discover ways to make history dynamic, meaningful, and alive in your classroom.

Professional Development:
• Earn three Continuing Education Units in a one-week institute
• Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and end at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. on tour day
• Receive a certificate of completion

Institute Features
These one-week sessions take place on the beautiful 424-acre campus of Pamplin Historical Park,
including tours of: The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Tudor Hall Plantation, Military Encampment, and the Breakthrough Battlefield
Day-long guided bus tour of Richmond and Petersburg Civil War sites
Participate in hands-on activities, group discussions, and lesson planning
Focus on effective teaching strategies to implement in classrooms

The institute will be conducted at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Virginia, and will include a guided bus tour of area Civil War sites.

Institute faculty include Pamplin Historical Park educators and guest speakers, subject to change:
Edward Ayers, historian and President of University of Richmond - June session
Paul Quigley, Director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech - July session
Carson Hudson, historian from Williamsburg, VA - June & July

Participants may stay at the Holiday Inn Petersburg North - Fort Lee or Hampton Inn Petersburg - Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights (15 minutes from the Park) at discounted rates.
Tell the booking agent you are with the “Pamplin Historical Park Summer Institute” to get these rates.

Hampton Inn Hampton Inn Petersburg - Southpark Mall: $89 per night – 804-520-7333
Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Petersburg North - Fort Lee: $89 per night – 804-520-5880

Registration and Information - Price: $395
Registration is available online at or by calling Sarah Downer at (540) 231-0990.

For more information about the institute, please contact Jeff Kluever at Pamplin Historical Park by e-mail at or by calling 804-861-2408 x116.

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