Andersonville National Historic Site to Host Teacher Workshop
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Andersonville National Historic Site, in partnership with the Georgia Council for History Education (GCHE) will host its first ever teacher workshop. The workshop will be held at the Andersonville Village Hall located on Church Street (one block past the Wirz Monument) in the city of Andersonville, Georgia before moving to the historic site in the afternoon.
Intended for teachers representing grades 5 through 12, the focus of the workshop will be to offer various ideas for the enrichment of classroom curriculum as well as to introduce new educational materials and programs developed by park staff. The workshop will end with a tour of the park.
The cost of the workshop is $15 for GCHE members and $55 for non-GCHE members. Price includes hospitality, lunch and GCHE membership. The Georgia Council for History Education (GCHE) is an affiliated state council of the National Council History Education. For more information about the Mini-Conference or to pre-register, contact Joel Walkerjrbwalk@cs.com (770-968-2530) or Beth Scarborough at firstname.lastname@example.org (770-314-7184).To register, please send a check to GCHE, 5083 Wickford Way, Atlanta, GA 30338.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm with the museum opening at 8:30 am. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.