The Brown Decision in Virginia

The Virginia Historical Society is holding a summer institute on Virginia and the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  The institute will be held from July 13-17, 2009 in Richmond.  Textbooks and reading materials are free, and meals and lodging will be provided for out of town participants.  Participants will also receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the institute. 

All Virginia teachers (public and private, elementary and secondary) are eligible.  The target group is teachers of Virginia Studies, USII, and VA/US History. 

For more information or to apply online, visit  The application deadline is May 15, 2009.

4th Grade Powerpoints

Check out the comments section under the VA Studies page.  There’s a link from Chris McElraft, who has several slideshows for VA Studies.  It’s always nice to have a new way to present information when reviewing!  Thanks for sharing Chris!

Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher Institute

The CWPT will hold it’s 8th annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009.  The institute will be held in Spotsylvania County, VA.  The weekend features workshops, battlefield tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, speakers, and entertainment.  Stipends are available for travel.  For more information, including a tentative schedule, visit

Lincoln and Cleopatra

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Spring Break!  It’s flown by!

There have been a couple of noteworthy stories in the news over the past few days.  The first one concerns Abraham Lincoln.  (Thanks to Mrs. Willis at Park View for pointing this story out to me.) 

There is a scientist who wants to test a piece of the blood stained pillowcase from the Lincoln assassination to (hopefully) discover whether or not Lincoln was suffering from a rare cancer when he was assassinated.  The pillowcase is currently on display at a museum in Philadelphia, and museum officials are debating whether or not to allow the tests.

The second story discusses the potential discovery of Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s final resting place. A team of archaeologists is preparing to excavate new ground at an Egyptian temple, which is believed to hold the bodies of Cleopatra and Antony.  So far, coins bearing Cleopatra’s image, an alabaster bust of the queen, and a mask believing to have belonged to Antony have been discovered at the site.

April 4, 1968

Life has recently (as in the past couple of days) published never before seen photographs taken in Memphis on the day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.  A Life photgrapher and reporter happened to be in assignment in Alabama and rushed to the Lorraine Motel after hearing the news.  They had unrestricted access to Dr. King’s room, the motel, and surrounding area, which enabled them to take these photos.  The site includes a short description for each photo from the photographer, Henry Groskinsky. 

(Note:  It’s probably a good idea to preview the photos before showing them to students-a couple of them show people cleaning up the balcony where Dr. King was shot.)