Welcome to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s Preservation Education portal. Teachers, administrators, parents, and tour operators will find resources for teaching the Civil War and planning student trips. Make the Heart of the Civil War your "base camp" for a transformative student travel experience. 

INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Curricular Materials for Teachers

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OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Trip Planning Tools

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This is a great lesson because its final product is visual, interactive and can be used to help students engage with a historical site.

Chris, high school teacher, Wisconsin

I could use this lesson in multiple areas: [...] as an introduction to the Civil War or during a specific unit on Civil War soldiers. The primary sources are so descriptive that students can’t help but put themselves in a soldiers’ shoes. Since my 8th graders actually go to Gettysburg as part of their spring trip, it would be a great addition to the lesson we teach prior to going.

Mara, middle school teacher, Wisconsin

I think this is a great lesson that has a real connection to the 8th grade curriculum. [...] Teachers would find this to be a valuable field trip. I think it would bring sense of validity and realness to this topic.

Jessica, elementary school teacher, Maryland
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The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area's Preservation Education Initiative is generously funded by the Delaplaine Foundation, the Frederick County Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion & Product (TRIPP) program, and a grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior. 

Two distinctive bridges of Frederick County