The Gilder Lehrman Institute Announces Its Premier Online Course: Civil War and Reconstruction Online

New York, NY (April 25, 2012)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is pleased to announce its first online course, Civil War and Reconstruction Online, with free graduate credit provided by Dickinson College. This new initiative arrives on the heels of the recent launch of the Gilder Lehrman Home for History at Modeled after Gilder Lehrman’s acclaimed Teacher Seminars, the course will make advanced credentials and summer professional development a reality for teachers who are unable to spend days or weeks traveling—and those who prefer to study from the comfort and convenience of home.

This year’s pilot course will explore the Civil War and Reconstruction with Dickinson scholar and Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar historian Matthew Pinsker. Professor Pinsker is the author of two acclaimed books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, and he has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center. He will guide teachers through major themes in the history of America’s darkest days and subsequent efforts to fulfill the nation’s founding creed through equal opportunity for all.

The five-day course will take great advantage of the Gilder Lehrman online Home for History, as participants will mine the archives of the Gilder Lehrman Collection; collaborate with colleagues; learn from video lectures, interactive timelines, and online exhibitions; and contribute lesson plans inspired by Gilder Lehrman’s focus on twenty-first-century classroom skills in history education.

The course will also include live lectures by Professor Pinsker, broadcast through a private web stream and archived for review; live digital history pedagogy sessions, including instruction on using GIS mapping to teach history; and virtual field trips to Gettysburg National Military Park and other noted Civil War sites.

The course is available by application only and limited to thirty participants. Online class meetings will take place on five days: July 31, August 1, August 2, August 7, and August 8, with a final project due one week after the last class. Accepted applicants will be asked to submit a course registration fee of $25. Participants from schools not in the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School Program will pay an additional course fee of $185. Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 1, at 5:00 pm EST. Applicants will receive notice of a decision on Monday, June 18. Please visit to submit an application and learn more.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.