The End and the Aftermath

21st Annual Teachers Institute

Monday - Friday | July 6 - 10, 2015
Richmond, Virginia


April 1865 is remembered as the end of Civil War.  After all, it was on April 9 that Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant.  However, this was only the beginning of the end.  Although Richmond had fallen and Lincoln had walked its streets one day after Federal occupation, Jefferson Davis had yet to be captured and there were Confederate armies still in the field.  One final tragedy would strike the nation with Lincoln’s assassination jeopardizing his vision of Reconstruction.  Join us to explore fateful last days of the war and beginnings of Reconstruction. 

Through lectures, tours, and discussions, participants will acquire information that will enable them to go beyond the textbook.  Teachers will receive a notebook full of specially designed curriculum resources, utilizing copies of primary source documents that will make a hands-on approach to history possible.  Additionally, the Institute’s collaborative environment will encourage teachers to learn from each other as they discuss what works for them in their classrooms.  Finally, attendees will receive a certificate of completion for 31 hours, which can be used toward recertification points in most school systems.

Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Institute Highlights

John W. Mountcastle, Ph.D., Brigadier General, U.S. Army Ret., Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond, will conduct a session assessing the military situation in early 1865.

Robert Kenzer, Ph.D., Professor of History and American Studies William Binford Vest Chair of History, University of Richmond, will examine Abraham Lincoln in 1865 with emphasis on his plans for ending the war and the impact of his death.

Michael C. C. Adams, Ph.D., Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University and author of Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War, will lead teachers in examining the plight of individuals to humanize the aftermath of the Civil War and examine the impact of Reconstruction. 

Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D., President of the University of Richmond, will conduct a session examining Reconstruction, “the most confusing era in U.S. history.”

Special Tours

  • Saylor’s Creek and Appomattox: Historian, Chris Calkins will provide an orientation to the battle in which Lee lost almost one-fourth of his army.  In Appomattox, tour the Museum of the Confederacy and visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park where Lee surrendered. 
  • Other tours:  A behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s collection storage and flag vault, a guided tour of the White House of the Confederacy, and a walking tour highlighting the evacuation and Federal occupation of Richmond.

See the full Schedule.


Elementary, middle, and high school educators teaching in a public or private school environment are invited to apply. Space is limited to 20 teachers, and preference will be given to teachers currently teaching the American Civil War. To register use our online application form or contact the Museum's Interpretation and Programs Manager by phone at 804-649-1861 ext. 121 or by email. Selection of applicants will begin on April 1 but registration will remain open until the Institute is filled. Approved applicants will be notified and billed for the $110 registration fee. Upon receipt of payment, all Virginia participants will be issued stipend checks to offset the registration fee.

Teachers Institute
The Museum of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia  23219

Graduate Credits:

Teachers who wish to take the course for 3 graduate credit hours may do so through The University of Richmond for a fee.  Inquire for details.  Applicants taking the course for credit will be required by the university to do additional coursework before, during and after the scheduled class. Get information here-


  • Lunch will not be provided. Participants may bring their lunch or chose from one of the many nearby vendors.
  • Parking is free and is available in the VCU/MCV deck adjacent to the Museum. Parking tickets will be validated at the Museum's front desk.
  • Room and Board is available at a reduced rate through The University of Richmond for all applicants. Inquire about details when registering.

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