Annual Conference: Teaching with Historic Places

A workshop for K-12 educators and historical organizations

2013 Theme: Civil Rights in Education
June 15, 2013 | 9 am – 3:30 pm

Educational Resources

Local Links to Oral History Projects

Amherst County
Three Schools Project, an edited DVD contains several hours of interviews with alumni from the Amherst County Training School and the Bear Mountain Mission School (it also contains interviews about the Clifford School). The Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) continues its research into Amherst County Schools in 2013 and 2014. For more information, visit their website >

Nelson County
Nelson County Heritage Center and the Millennium Project (presented by Ms. Rose and Ms. Wardlaw). Website >

Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE Project).

Information on the 2013 Workshop

To register, please click on the link above.

SOL-based lesson plans will be distributed to all participants and the first 40 registrants will receive a free copy of the DVD "Mr. Stokes Mission" (2012).

A light continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration.

"Teaching with Historic Places" is sponsored by the Tusculum Institute and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

2013 Workshop Survey (will be available on June 16th, 2013)

Spend the weekend on Sweet Briar’s beautiful campus

As a special bonus, the weekend of the Civil Rights in Education conference is also the opening weekend of Endstation Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline and the continuing performances of Taming of the Shrew. If you attend one of the shows in their 2013 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival season with a group of 10 or more, you will get a 3 dollar discount on each ticket purchased (so $12 for general admission, $19 for premium seats). So plan to stay the night before or after the conference at the on-campus Elston Inn and enjoy a show! For ticket information >

Later in June Endstation will present Violet: a musical which is set in 1964 in the Deep South with the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. The play follows the emotional transformation of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father. She sets off on a journey by bus from her small North Carolina town in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Oklahoma, in hopes that a TV evangelist can heal her scar. On her journey, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about being an outsider and the beauty, love, and courage it takes. For more information about that play >


The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol
Square (Richmond).
Source: The Virginia Capitol.

2013 Schedule and Registration

9 am | Welcome
Dr. Lynn Rainville, Director, Tusculum Institute

9:15 am | Subhead category
"An Historical Overview of Civil Rights in Education," Prof. Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor of History, Washington & Lee University. Read more >

A downloadable version of Prof. DeLaney's oral history questions >

9:15 am | Coffee Break

10:15 am | Subhead category
"The Story Behind the R.R. Moton School Strike (Farmville, Va)" Justin Reid, Associate Director for Museum Operations, Moton Museum. Read more >

11 am | Film and discussion
"Mr. Stokes' Mission," a 30 minute documentary accompanied by a lesson plan to use in the classroom. Read more >

noon | Lunch and an opportunity to browse an exhibit about Nelson County's efforts to desegregate their schools

12:45 pm | Presentation and discussion
Betty Kilby Fisher, Author of Wit, Will, and Walls (2002). Order from amazon > Read more >

1:45 pm | Break

2 pm | Panel and roundtable discussion
Telling the Story of Civil Rights Education in your Community. Led by John T. Kneebone, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, VCU, and joined by Edith Napier and Mary Rose, Directors, Nelson County Oral History Center.

3 pm | The Sweet Briar College Case (1967) and other local examples, Dr. Lynn Rainville

3:30 pm | Conclusion

A virtual exhibit about the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Historical Society in 2004, is available. Visit >