Kennesaw State sponsors Civil War workshop for Georgia educators

This summer‚ Georgia middle and high school educators who teach social studies will get a rare…

Georgia (Apr 28, 2008) — Kennesaw State sponsors Civil War workshop for Georgia educators

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Kennesaw State sponsors Civil War workshop for Georgia educators

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 28‚ 2008) −− This summer‚ Georgia middle and high school educators who teach social studies will get a rare chance to explore up close the great battles that led to the end of the Civil War at a workshop sponsored by Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Humanities Council.

The 2008 Summer Workshop for Teachers‚ hosted by KSU's Center for the Study of the Civil War Era‚ will take 30 Georgia teachers on visits to historic sites in metro Atlanta and give them access to Civil War scholars. The workshop will be held July 9−11.

"Georgia was where the war was decided‚ and we hope that through the workshop‚ teachers will be able to stress this when teaching about the Civil War‚" said Heather Howell‚ project coordinator for the center.

The workshop will take teachers to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park‚ as well as the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and the Atlanta History Center‚ to expose them to primary−source materials that will enrich student learning‚ Howell said.

In teaching history‚ primary−source materials − from battlefields to letters and first−hand accounts − are valuable‚ as they give perspectives of what the war was like from the people who experienced it.

"Primary sources give a first−hand‚ authentic look at what happened‚ which makes history more realistic for both researchers and students‚ as opposed to relying on materials from those looking back on events from afar‚" Howell added.

The free workshop is supported through a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council. Teachers will be offered $50 stipends to defray travel costs and will also earn two Professional Learning Units. Teachers will be asked to complete a lesson plan to implement in their classrooms based on what they learned.

The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State serves as a repository of academic resources for this nation−shaping event and its relevance to the present and future. As part of the university's Comprehensive Capital Campaign‚ KSU expects to raise $4 million to create and maintain the center through scholarships‚ Civil War collection development‚ endowed professorships‚ symposia and community outreach.

The workshop is limited to 30 educators. For high school teachers wishing to sign up‚ please contact Heather Howell at 678−797−2084 or


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business.


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