It's easy to forget that there is more than a Revolution at Williamsburg, but after all, there has been some 250 years of history since then. As the week winds down, the materials being presented do not slow down. On this day, if this schedule remains accurate, we'll be focused, at least partially, on the American Civil War.
Also scheduled on this day is an immersive experience where the events unfold around us. That and many other applications will be especially useful if they can be recreated in a classroom or for another educational experience.
7–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Bus to Classroom Location
8:15–9:00 a.m. Resilience, Agency, and Resistance As the new nation grew and evolved, so did the institution of slavery. Discover how the changing economy and shifting political movements of the early nineteenth century caused massive changes to the slave labor system of the south, and how enslaved people persisted, resisted, and self-liberated.
9:00 a.m. Break and Travel
9:15–10:30 a.m. Meet a Person of the Past: Nat Turner “Something was about to happen that would terminate in fulfilling the great promise that had been made to me.” Learn from Nat Turner about his great promise.
10:30–11:00 a.m. Reflection and Master Teacher Session Your Master Teacher shares strategies for bringing history to life in the classroom using the experiences and materials gained from participating in the Teacher Institute.
11–11:45 a.m. The Civil War Through Primary Sources Chart major events of the Civil War and their connection to Williamsburg and Virginia through primary documents, images, and objects.
12:00 p.m. Resolved: An American Experiment A thought-provoking and playful museum theater experience unfolds around you as our troupe of diverse actors explore the events of the 5th Virginia Convention. Become a part of the story as a Member of Parliament, a Burgess, or maybe even Patrick Henry. Relive and examine the moment Virginia said yes to American Independence.
12:45–3:30 p.m. Lunch and Exploration Time
3:45–4:00 p.m. Reflection and Journaling Time
4–4:40 p.m. Teaching Controversial Issues An accurate depiction of our nation’s history requires including many sensitive issues, such as slavery, cultural conflict, and women’s roles, as part of the story. Colonial Williamsburg interpreters and staff are confronted with the challenge of addressing these subjects in an informative, non-confrontational, and sensitive manner. Share ideas with some of these individuals, learn about their techniques, and discuss how to transfer these lessons to the classroom.
4:40–4:50 p.m. Break
4:50–5:45 p.m. Application Session and Teacher Collaboration
6:00 p.m. Dinner on Own