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Program Report: Cold War Weekend Colloquium in Green Valley, AZ

 

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Our teachers, from CA to NY and many parts in between

From November 20-22, 17 teachers from across the country gathered in Green Valley, Arizona, to discuss the Cold War with Dr. John Moser of Ashland University. Discussion sessions focused on the origins of the Cold War, Truman and Containment, Eisenhower’s ‘New Look,’ and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The weekend also included a visit to the Titan Missile Museum, the only place in the world where the public can tour a Titan II missile silo. Teachers took part in a special 2-hour tour that included stops in the command center, crew quarters, and silo itself – to include viewing the missile from beneath, at over 120 feet underground – all the while learning about how the complex operated, the crew worked, and the system functioned as part of America’s defense strategy from the 1960s through the 80s. Tour docents included a former Titan II missile complex commander.

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Titan II ICBM, from 120 underground

Program Report: Truman Weekend in Independence, MO

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Teachers in the White House Decision Center

TAH.org hosted two groups of teachers – a total of 37 – from across the country for a Weekend Colloquium at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO, 16-18 October 2015. Focusing on Truman’s actions and challenges during the early years of the Cold War, teachers had an opportunity to study primary documents related to the first years after World War 2, Soviet espionage abroad and in America, and how Truman and his administration managed the impact of the Cold War on the American public.

In addition to the discussion sessions, teachers visited the Truman Library’s White House Decision Center and took part in a documents-based roleplay/simulation about Truman’s desegregation the Armed Forces in 1948, and were then able to tour the museum. Teachers: if ever you have the chance to visit the Truman Library with students, it’s worth the effort. The WDC staff and simulation were excellent – well-organized and entirely primary documents-based, making for a rich and thoughtful learning experience. They have programs for both adults and students.

The picture above  shows teachers in the role of Harry Truman giving a press conference in which the decision to desegregate the military is announced, explained, and defended to the press corps.

Now Accepting Spring 2016 TAH.org Weekend Colloquia Applications

Are you ready to reignite your passion for teaching American history and government? TAH.org is proud to offer elite programs to social studies and civic teacher from across the country. TAH.org’s Weekend Colloquia at Historic Sites allows teachers to explore in-depth the people and ideas you are asked to teach, at the historic sites that help illuminate the subject. We want to help you increase your expertise and develop the content knowledge needed to educate your students.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Click here to get more details about locations for Spring and to apply.

Program Report: Philadelphia Liberty Fund Weekend Colloquium

19 teachers gathered in Philadelphia, PA, over the weekend of 18-20 September for a Liberty Fund co-sponsored colloquium about the Federalist Papers. In addition to six 90-minute discussion sessions, teachers visited Independence Hall and were able to take in the sites of the historic downtown area. Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Associate Professor at the University of Houston, served as discussion leader and facilitated a detailed study of almost half the Federalist Papers, focused on topics such as the selection and separation of powers, Congress, the Executive, and the Judiciary. You can download a copy of the full course reading packet here.

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TAH.org Weekend Colloquium: New Orleans

TAH.org hosted a diverse group of teachers in New Orleans over the weekend of 31 July to 2 August. The topic, Security, Self-Determination, and Empire: The Grand Alliance, 1941-1945, focused on the interactions between the United States, Great Britain, and Soviet Union during World War 2, with a special emphasis on the Yalta Conference of 1945, during which many of the agreements for the post-war world and divisions of land, people, and power were made. Teachers visited the National World War 2 Museum and along with seeing the new European Theater Galleries, saw the outstanding Tom Hanks-narrated Beyond All Boundaries documentary. In keeping with the special format of the program – a documents-based simulation of the Yalta Conference, with teachers playing the roles of specific national leaders and their assistants, with competing agendas and priorities – it was decided that an attempt at a recreation of the famous photo of the ‘Big 3’ at Yalta would be appropriate.

Keep your eyes on our Weekend Colloquia page for dates and locations for Fall 2015 programs. You can also register to receive email updates through the interest form at the bottom of our homepage.

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TAH.org Springfield Weekend Colloquium on American History & Government

This past weekend middle and high school teachers gathered in Springfield, Illinois to discuss and analyze Abraham Lincoln’s rhetoric, speeches, and writings with Professor Joseph Fornieri, Historian and Professor of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Fornieri and teachers dissected the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Alexander Stephens and referenced those influences upon Abraham Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, Gettysburg Address, and Inaugural Speech. President Lincoln endured deep crises and his writings and musings reflected his struggle with the moral and legal issue of slavery, states’ rights, and constitutional limits.

After a morning of discussion and analysis, participants enjoyed an afternoon visit to Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home, followed by a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. 2015.07 Springfield

Participants enjoyed profound conversation mixed with levity and laughter within the sessions, and into the after hours as well. We are excited to be able to help advance the content knowledge of teachers at our programs. About half of the teachers who attended had never participated in a TAH.org program and have already registered for other seminars and webinars.

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