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Teaching Lincoln with primary resources workshop scheduled for area teachers

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – A workshop for area teachers on how to teach about President Abraham Lincoln using primary resources will be held at Southeastern Louisiana University on Saturday, March 12.
     The workshop, “Teaching with Primary Resources: Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Constitution,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide area teachers with information, materials and ideas for lesson plans.
     The workshop is funded through a Library of Congress Grant awarded to Southeastern’s College of Education and Human Development. Co-sponsors include the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of History and Political Science.
     “The purpose of the grant is to help teachers understand how to use resources,” says Laura Hancock, coordinator of the program at Southeastern. “The workshop is for K-12 social studies teachers, English and language arts teachers, and librarians to enable them to explore Lincoln through the Library of Congress resources.”
     Participants will earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLUs) and a $15 travel stipend. To register for the workshop, contact Hancock at or call 985-549-2229.
     William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said the workshop is an opportunity for local teachers to learn more about President Abraham Lincoln and effective ways to pass that knowledge on to their students. 
     “The workshop is going to look at various aspects of Lincoln’s career,” says Robison.  “It will examine Lincoln’s career, his ties to Louisiana, and show teachers how to use materials in the Library of Congress to teach Lincoln to their students.”
     The workshop will feature six sessions:
-- “Lincoln and the Constitution,” 8:25-9 a.m.; presented by Peter Petrakis, associate professor of political science;
-- “Lincoln and Habeas Corpus,” 9:15-10 a.m.; presented by Ronald Traylor, instructor in the Department of History and Political Science;
-- “Lincoln’s struggle with Military Commanders,” 10:20-11 a.m.; presented by Harry Laver, associate professor and graduate coordinator of the Department of History and Political Science;
-- “Lincoln’s Louisiana Connection,” 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m.; presented by Charles Elliott, an instructor in the Department of History and Political Science;
-- “Using the Library of Congress in Class,”1:20-2 p.m.; presented by Mary Ellen Scherer, instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning;
-- “Classroom Activities,” 2:10-3 p.m.; presented by Cindy Grimmer.
     Registration will begin at 8 a.m.; breakfast and lunch will be provided.
     According to Hancock, the Library of Congress offers more than 15 million digitalized primary sources that teachers can use in their classrooms.
     Southeastern is currently hosting a national traveling exhibit, “Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War,” in the Sims Memorial Library. The exhibit, which is being shown in only 50 locations throughout the nation, looks at how President Lincoln managed three intertwined crises associated with the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

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