Teacher participants from a past summer institute learn about Penn Center with Dr. Emory Campbell, second from right. COURTESY USCB

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of South Carolina Beaufort invite K-12 teachers of all subjects to apply for “America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story.” This fifth meeting of one of the most popular NEH summer institutes for educators will be held July 5-25 on USCB’s Historic Beaufort Campus.

Deadline to apply is March 1.

This year’s institute will offer an in-depth look at the historical dimensions and significance of the Reconstruction in the Lowcountry and United States. Twenty-five educators from around the country will receive a $2,850 stipend designed to cover travel and other expenses, if selected for this workshop about one of the most neglected and misunderstood periods in our nation’s history.

The summer institute will include field trips to historic sites, lectures by leading scholars, and development of lesson plans that examine closely three broad themes over the course of the institute: Prelude to Reconstruction; Reconstruction and its Aftermath; and Historical Memory and the “Second Reconstruction,” the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Alternating between lecture, discussion and hands-on experience, the institute will take place in Beaufort, on St. Helena Island, Port Royal, Mitchelville (on Hilton Head Island), Charleston, and Daufuskie Island.

The institute will provide access to digitized historical documents and primary sources will include artifacts, first person accounts (including newspaper accounts), maps, diaries, letters and photographs.

A project advisor will work with the teachers throughout the institute to provide support for the assigned lesson plan projects.

This institute is designed for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents.

Museum educators and other K-12 school-system personnel – such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers – are also eligible to participate.

Dr. J. Brent Morris, director of the USCB Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era, leads the summer institute.

Notification emails will be sent out to selected applicants on March 25.

This seminar is planned as a residential, in-person experience, but USCB follows guidelines related to COVID-19 and reserves the right to alter the modality.

For more information and to apply, visit uscb.edu/americasreconstruction.