St. Clair High School history teacher Robert Prichard recently participated in a seminar in Kansas City about World War I.
The seminar was an opportunity Prichard received from winning the Gilder Lehrman Missouri History Teacher of the Year Award last year. The week of July 15, he traveled to the National World War I Museum and Memorial for a professional development seminar called “World War I and Its Aftermath.”
Led by renowned historian Dr. Jay Winter of Yale, the rigorous seminar examined the origins, scope, and consequences of World War I, with a particular emphasis on the revolution in violence between 1914 and 1918, the obliteration of the distinction between military and civilian targets, the failed peace settlement, and the patterns of remembrance.
Prichard was joined by other K-12 teachers, library educators, and National Park Service interpreters–drawn from other states and the District of Columbia;
The Northern Mariana Islands, and an Armed Forces Americas School, as well as Australia, the Dominican Republic, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan — who were selected in a competitive process by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Held at colleges and historic sites across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the seminar included daily programs with leading historians, visits to local historic sites, and hands-on work with primary source documents provided by their professor and the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
The year “2018 marks the Centennial of the Armistice of World War I, so I chose to apply for this opportunity,” Prichard said.
“It was a fast paced week, immersed in history. The museum is a national gem, we were able to draw from Winter’s 50 years of study of World War I and we partnered with the Truman Museum and Library.
“I was able to share ideas with teachers from around the nation. I look forward to sharing the materials and ideas from this conference with my students, colleagues and other teachers in the future.”
Among the other locations hosting the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are Yale University, the University of Virginia, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum;
Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, Gettysburg College, Oxford University, and the National World War II Museum.
“World War I and Its Aftermath” is one of several seminars being held this summer for K–12 teachers by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
More information about this seminar and a complete list of the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are available at gilderlehrman.org/teacherseminars.
About Gilder Lehrman
The institute was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman.
Visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education while also serving the general public.
The institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.
The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.