Social Studies Teachers Travel to Learn!

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Colonial Williamsburg

Patricia Calvillo (Duniway): "I spent a fabulous week in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia this past summer. It truly was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other teachers from around the state of Oregon as well as the United States. The staff at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute was quite knowledgeable and very eager to answer our questions about Colonial America. I have come home with a wealth of information and resources.

The experience is perfect for 5th grade teachers as our social studies curriculum is the history of the United States up through the Revolutionary War. My students and colleagues will benefit from the knowledge and information I have gained.

I will treasure all of it--the field trips to Jamestown and Yorktown, the historical re-enactments, the trade shops, the shared lesson plans, and even the stay in an historic tavern."

Springfield, Illinois

NEH History scholars in seminar at Fast Eddies in Alton, Illinois exchanging points of view. Tom Streckert (Beverly Cleary) finding himself in the middle of things.

In 1858, the seventh three-hour Lincoln-Douglas debate took place in front of the Alton city hall. Lincoln argued in front of 6,000 people that the U.S. could not survive as a nation half free and half slave. He would lose his quest for the Illinois senate seat. The series of formal debates would catapult Lincoln into the nations's political spotlight and into the presidency


Julie Schumann (Winterhaven) and Daniel Atkisson (Sellwood) joined the two week Turkey Study Tour sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Turkish Cultural Foundation in July.

Daniel "had a blast." He provided the photos.

Julie (on the left) said it "was fabulous. Turkey is a place that prides itself on being a secular nation and celebrating the diversity of its people."

Here is the link to the itinerary (with other images).


Zsuzsa Nemeth (Hosford) journeyed to India. Here is the link to her wonderful blog, chock full of photos and reflections.

New York City

Barbara Kutasz (Mt. Tabor) studied at the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Below are photos of the Columbia University campus and one of the primary documents participants were able to examine. Here is the link to information about Gilder Lehrman and the summer seminars (look under education for more details).