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Civil War Washington Teacher Fellowship

Use oratory, engage controversies, explore a city from multiple view points! The Civil War Washington Teacher Fellowship uses Washington, D.C.during the Civil War to study how to bring history and a place meaningfully alive. The program focuses on teaching strategies and techniques, lesson plan development, and background content.

To learn more click on Professional Development.


Teacher Group Visits

The Frederick Douglass NHS loves to host teachers and is able to work with the different focuses and priorities of groups. Please contact Braden Paynter to arrange a visit.


Frederick Douglass Lesson Plans

These lesson plans are part of the National Park Service's "Teaching With Museum Collections" project. Feel free to download the plans and use them in your classroom today.

Frederick Douglass' Hat

Forward March: Continuing Frederick Douglass' Footsteps

From Slavery to Statesman

When working with these plans you will want to use our online museum.


Distance Learning

Great news, Frederick Douglass is now offering virtual programs via video conferencing. As of now we have virtual tours of the site and an introduction to Mr. Douglass's life ready to go. We are still developing additional programs, so if there is a particular topic you would like a program to focus on, let us know and we can potential tailor a program to your classroom's needs.

Technical Requirements

We have two ways to connect:

1. We can connect to anyone with high speed internet. A microphone and webcam enhance the experience, but are not required. We use a web-based program that allows real-time video and audio as well as file sharing.

2. We can connect through a video conferencing system. This requires you to have a video conferencing system (such as Polycom or Tamberg) on your end.

Email us for more information.
Download the distance learning brochure.


Annual Oratorical Contest


Every year students from 1st to 12th grade can participate in the Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest. Students memorize a portion of one of Douglass' speeches, work on their oratorical skills and then present their speech during the Contest. The contest is held during the first half of December.


Frederick Douglass and Reconstruction

A one hour conversation with Rangers Nate and Braden about Frederick Douglass and his experiences during Reconstruction.

Watch here.

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