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WWI Centennial: Finding Arkansas's Stories of Challenge and Change in the Great War

2017 Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Arkansas Humanities Council will host the fifth annual Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers on June 8-9. The seminar is free to Arkansas teachers, librarians, and educators and offers 12 hours of ADE-approved professional development.

This year's seminar joins the statewide effort to discover and remember the role of Arkansas men, women, and families in "the Great War." The seminar features hands-on workshops using historical documents and visits to World War I archives and historical sites, including the Arkansas State Archives and the Arkansas National Guard Museum.

Participants will learn ways to use World War I-era documents from both online archives and local history collections around the state. They will leave with classroom-ready lesson plans and document sets their students can use to explore the lasting impacts of WWI on life in Arkansas, America, and the rest of the world.

A special focus of the seminar will be the World War I Student Digital History Project. Samples of exemplary student projects along with instructions and research guides will be provided. Teachers will also learn ways to partner with local historical societies and veterans groups to identify and digitize important documents in hometown and family collections.

These student digital history projects and teacher lesson plans will be shared as teaching resources on the Arkansas History Hub used by teachers. Contributing teachers, students, and schools will be named in author credits and can use the link on resumes and applications for college, scholarships, internships, and jobs.

Presenters include leading historians, museum professionals, and authors from universities, archives, and heritage sites around Arkansas. Special topics will include the history of Camp Pike, soldier letters published in local newspapers, changing roles for women, experiences of African American soldiers, propaganda posters, and patriotic recipes from food conservation and rationing campaigns.

This special project is sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council and is part of the education outreach of the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Women's History Institute. For more information and to register, contact George West at the Butler Center gwest@cals.org.