Introductory Workshop

The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty

9:00 am — 3:30 pm
Harrisburg, PA

NOTE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Participants will explore videos and student readings and conduct hands-on lessons from the Choices Program’s The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty curriculum unit, which is included in the registration fee. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the museum’s collections, which include more than 4,400 three-dimensional artifacts and 21,000 archival pieces, the majority of which illuminate the life of the average soldier from the North and South.

Co-sponsored by The National Civil War Museum and the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies.
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Workshop fee includes the print format AND a one-year license for the Digital Editions format of The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty curriculum unit, lunch, certificate of attendance, and Act 48 credit for Pennsylvania teachers.

Pre-registration is required.

Early registration is encouraged.


History and other social studies educators are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.

“Excellent workshop! Truly
transformative PD!”
– John, Massachusetts

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Sarah McDowell

Choices Teaching Fellow
Sarah McDowell teaches high school world history and is the chair of the history department at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Sarah has a JD from Georgetown University, a Masters in History from Villanova, and a BA from Connecticut College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Sarah was an attorney for the Public Defender's Office in Portland, Oregon. She was the Assistant Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017, and is a Brown Choices Teaching Fellow.
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