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Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA 23284-9066)
Melanie Buffington (Project Director: February 2015 to May 2017)
The Legacy of the Civil War: Changing Memories over Time

Two one-week workshops for K-12 teachers on the memorialization of the Civil War in Richmond, Virginia.

This workshop will bring groups of teachers to Richmond, Virginia to study the legacy of the Civil War as it circulates through collective memories. Through lectures, site visits, exploring primary source materials, analyzing artworks, and discussion, the teachers will learn about collective memories and how they influence ways we understand history. Because of its history as the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond has particularly strong cultural resources related to the Civil War including multiple sites of the American Civil War Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and nearby, the Appomattox Court House. University scholars as well as educators and curators from the different sites will engage the teachers in understanding different collective memories, how they change over time, how they circulate today, and how they are present in curriculum materials. Teachers will build a multimedia Google map resource to document their learning.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Political History; U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

$179,946 (approved)
$161,603 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016