A Few Spots Remain for Eisenhower Academy

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Date: July 9, 2013
Contact: Carol Hegeman, 717-338-9114 Ext. 4411

The Eisenhower Academy: An Institute for Teachers and those who love history presents a week-long exploration and assessment of 1950s Cold War America. This year’s 16thannual Academy will be held fromJuly 14 through July 19at Gettysburg College and focuses on the Eisenhower presidency, including the policies, events, crises, and the life-style of 1950s America.

Lectures and discussion will cover the Cold War, McCarthyism, civil rights, the Suez Crisis, and 1950s politics and popular culture. Field trips include an in-depth behind-the-scenes visit to the Eisenhower National Historic Site and a guided walk through historic Gettysburg to explore Eisenhower’s life and times in the community. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Eisenhower colleagues and family members, and use primary source documents, film, video footage, and the internet as research tools. Teachers will be introduced to effective strategies for teaching the Cold War era in the classroom.

On Monday, July 15th, the Eisenhower Academy will host the Gettysburg premiere of the new documentary, “Eisenhower’s Secret War.” The two-hour program will begin at7 p.m.in the Joseph Theater in Breidenbaugh Hall on the Gettysburg College campus. The film is free and open to the public. 

Two Pennsylvania professional education credits (60 ACT 48 hours) are available for attending the Academy. Three graduate credits are also offered through Mount Saint Mary’s University for an additional fee. Teachers, college and graduate students, and those who simply wish to learn more about Eisenhower and 1950s America are invited to attend. 

The faculty includes Dr. Michael Birkner, Gettysburg College; Chris Tudda, Department of State historian, Dr. Daun Van Ee, Editor, The Eisenhower Papers Project; Bradley Patterson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, 1954-1961; Dr. Keith Olson, University of Maryland; Carol Hegeman, Eisenhower National Historic Site historian;  Lee Ann Potter, Library of Congress Director of Education; Dr. George Colburn, film maker and producer of The Eisenhower Era Education Project; Dr. David Nichols, Southwestern College; Dr. David Schuyler and Dr. Gregory Kaliss, Franklin and Marshall College; and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower.

The Eisenhower Academy is sponsored by the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society.Total cost of the week-long institute, including food, lodging in air-conditioned residence rooms with private baths, field trips, evening banquets and special events is $750 single occupancy. The day student rate is $485 and includes lunches, breaks, evening banquet, picnic and special events. For more information and the Academy agenda visitwww.nps.gov/eiseor call (717) 338-9114.  

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