Hands-On History

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site offers a wide variety of programs for teachers: workshops, on-line lesson plans, field trips, traveling trunks and ranger visits.

To schedule a field trip, or to learn more about the program options for your students or organization, please contact the Chief of Interpretation at 314-842-1867 ext. 223.



1867 illustration shows a queue of African American men, the first, dressed as a laborer, casting his vote, the second is dressed as a businessman, the third is wearing a Union army uniform, and the fourth appears to be dressed as a farmer.
"The First Vote" Illustration from Harper's Weekly, November 16, 1867

Free Teacher Workshops

July 11 -12 – “Expanding Citizenship from Civil War to Civil Rights”
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join Teaching with Primary Sources, Middle Tennessee State University and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site for a special two-day workshop open to all educators. The workshop will take place at the park. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided on both days. To register, contact Julie Northrip at e-mail us or 314-842-1867 ext. 223.

This workshop will build historical awareness around expanding definition of American citizenship from the end of the Civil War to the modern civil rights movement. It will be led by staff from both the park and Teaching with Primary Resources-MTSU, as well as guest presenter Dr. Laura Westhoff, Associate Professor of History and Education, University of Missouri St. Louis.

Presentations and activities will draw connections to how individual events (i.e. Reconstruction, woman’s suffrage, education, etc.) fit into the larger arc of expanding citizenship. Activities will incorporate a diverse range of primary sources and explore different strategies for using these sources in a classroom environment. Participants will learn how to access a wide range of primary sources and supporting materials referenced in the activities.

September 26 - 27 – “The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy”
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period in U.S. history and consider the legacies of this time period on our nation today.

In this workshop you will:
1. Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills

2. Explore topics of history in the wake of the Civil War addressing questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship that are at the heart of the Reconstruction.
3. Receive a free copy of Reconstruction: The Fragility of Democracy.

This workshop is presented by Facing History and Ourselves. It is recommended for middle and high school educators. There is no charge for participation but registration is required. Please visit Facing History and Ourselves website to register.

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Last updated: May 31, 2018

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7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, MO 63123


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