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George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Stephen Robertson (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on graffiti as a window onto soldiers’ perspectives during the Civil War.

This workshop invites teachers to explore the Civil War through the lives of individual Civil War soldiers who left their mark in three “graffiti houses” in Northern Virgina-Historic Blenheim, Ben Lomond and the Graffiti House at Brandy Station. Workshop participants will select an item of graffiti from these locations and piece together the story of the individual who created it. They will research their soldier’s service and postwar life in National Archives, and visit the Gettysburg National Military Park to examine the monuments and markers that commemorate the common soldier. Upon completing the workshop, teachers will have knowledge of how to use the history of ordinary individuals to personalize the social and cultural history of the Civil War, and make it powerful to students. Telling their soldier's story in an online exhibit will also provide the opportunity to learn how to identify and use the new digital resources and tools that are transforming how historians work.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$174,833 (approved)
$171,316 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016