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Using Primary Sources & StoryMaps to Teach the Great War & Other Key Topics

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Albemarle Tech

1185 Seminole Trail

Charlottesville, VA 22901

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"Your part in the world war has been an important one in the sum total of our achievements. Whether keeping lonely vigil in the trenches, or gallantly storming the enemy's stronghold; whether enduring monotonous drudgery at the rear, or sustaining the fighting line at the front.....you inspired the war-worn Allies with new life and turned the tide of threatened defeat into overwhelming victory."
--General John J. Pershing, Letter to American Expeditionary Forces, February 28, 1919.

"The Old Dominion and its citizens played a surprisingly large role during The Great War. During an interactive talk titled Doing Their Bit: The Role of Virginians in the Great War, Dr. Lynn Rainville (Dean, Sweet Briar College) will explain how Virginians contributed in a myriad of ways: from nurses and doctors who founded base hospitals at home and abroad to farriers and trainers who ran equestrian remount stations and from women who packed artillery shells at ammunition plants to the pilots who trained at Tidewater fields.

This narrative will be extended to the classroom using GIS technology. WebGIS maps are dynamic and interactive resources that help connect primary sources to place, space, and time. Attendees of this symposium will learn about Virginia's role in the World War I, best practice approaches to using Library of Congress Primary Sources in the classroom, and access and training to use the VGA's Teaching with Primary Sources Story Map collection. Free lesson plans and software will be provided to each participant. Each attendee will also receive a $50 stipend for travel support. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants.

Workshop agenda:
  • Keynote Presentation: Doing Their Bit: The Role of Virginians in the Great War
  • Hands on Workshop - Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources Program
  • Hands On Workshop - Getting Started with GeoInquiries
  • Hands On Workshop - Placing Primary Sources Story Maps & Lesson Plans
Program made possible by Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region, Virginia Geographic Alliance, and Albemarle County Public Schools.
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1185 Seminole Trail

Charlottesville, VA 22901

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