Annual Conference: Teaching with Historic Places

A workshop for K-12 educators and historical organizations

2015 Theme: Farms and Barns: Virginia's Agricultural Heritage
June 13, 2015 | 9 am – 3:30 pm

Educational Resources

Farms & Barns

Join us for an educational workshop
An annual workshop for K-12 educators, museum professionals, and historic site interpreters. This year's topic is Virginia's agricultural heritage. The speakers will gear their comments towards the Virginian SOLs that address this topic.

Information for the 2015 Workshop

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.

Please register for the conference here. Registration is free but required for attendance. The deadline is Wednesday, June 11th.

Spend the weekend on Sweet Briar’s beautiful campus

Plan to stay the night before or after the conference at the on-campus Elston Inn.


A rural barn in Hillsboro, Virginia.
Source: Tom Lussler

2015 Schedule and Registration

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

9:05 am | Virginia Agriculture: the 13th Generation
Dr. Terry Sharrer, Curator of Health Sciences, Smithsonian Institution

9:50 am | Coffee Break

10:00am | Hands on History
Sonya Furgurson, National Board Certified Teacher and 4-H agent in Halifax County

11 am | Digging the Past: an archaeological look at agricultural sites
Prof. Carole Nash, Associate Professor, James Madison University

noon | Lunch provided on site

12:30 am | Virginia Agriculture, The First Generation: The Virginia Company and the Rise of Agricultural Economics
Margaret Carlini, Anthropologist and Archaeologist, Henricus Historical Park
Andrew Rowland, Historic Interpreter

1:30 pm | Break

2 pm | Talking 'till the Cows Come Home
Inga Hauger, Agriculture, Life Sciences and Scholars Communication Librarian, Virginia Tech

3 pm | Ten Thousand Years of Agriculture in Thirty Minutes: Techniques, Tools, Canals, and Trains
Alex Tillen, Interpretatoin Director
Frontier Culture Museum

3:30 pm | Conclusion

Learn more about Preservation Virginia's "Save the Barn Initiative"