Each fall, the MDAH Social Studies Teachers Workshop focuses on a different topic in Mississippi history. Scholars and professionals explore the theme and present ways it can be taught in the classroom. Lesson plans for grades 4–6 and 7–12 are included.
2012 Teachers Workshop: Mississippi's Civil War at Home
The Secession Convention held in the Old Capitol in January 1861 marked the beginning of the Civil War in Mississippi. Across the state, white men enlisted in the army and left their families to fend for themselves, believing the war would be over quickly. As the fighting went on, however, troops from both armies often confiscated food, livestock, and other personal property.
While the soldiers fought the battles, those left at home fought for survival. The stories of the homefront have often been lost among the tales of cavalry charges and cannonfire. Learning and teaching about those on Mississippi's homefront provides a new outlook on the Civil War in Mississippi and the changes that were beginning to take place in the state.
Come to the Old Capitol Museum and learn more about this formative time in Mississippi's history and how to use the information in your classrooms.
The workshop will be held Friday, November 2 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Registration forms are available online, and all attendees must pre-register by October 26, 2012. The cost is $40. Participants may claim a CEU credit of .5 issued through Mississippi College: applications may be picked up at the conclusion of the workshop. For more information call 601-576-6800.
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