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Participants will consider two different American revolutions: the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783 and the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. This seminar is geared toward K–8 teachers.


Andrew W. Robertson, Associate Professor of History, Lehman College, The City University of New York, and the Graduate Center


When historians teach or write about the American Revolution, they can mean very different things. We will consider two different American revolutions: the struggle for American self-determination from 1763 to 1783 and the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. The success and legacy of both these revolutions have ideological, economic, social, military, and political dimensions and encompass continuing battles for liberty and equality: the abolition of slavery in the North, enhancement of women’s roles, and franchisement of unpropertied white men. This seminar is geared toward K–8 teachers. 

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to and from New York City. New York University (NYU) is located at Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan. For travel directions and a campus map, visit the New York University website. As parking is not available on campus; participants who drive will need to park in public parking lots.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus residence halls in private rooms, but will share bathrooms and common space. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.

The university provides basic bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shower shoes, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building, but not within each suite; however, participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.

Course Reviews from Past Participants

“I gained so much knowledge during my week at Columbia University studying The American Revolution; I am definitely going to be able to provide my students with some wonderful lessons this year and in years to come. Thank you for organizing such great professional development for teachers. It is an experience that I will never forget.”

"The American Revolution seminar was the best seminar I have attended in my 19 years of teaching... I appreciate the time, effort and dedication to show elementary and middle school teachers how to use primary sources in their teaching. Thank you Glider Lehrman for all the resources you gave me."

"This was my very first Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar and it was one of the best experiences I have had over the years related to my teaching and learning. . . My increased understanding of the important use of primary documents for student learning, my many spirited interactions with my educator peers, and my new-found love of touring NYC stand as the highlight of my week. Thanks to all at the Gilder Lehrman Institute that made this Teacher Seminar possible!"


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

June 25th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 1st, 2017 9:00 AM
New York University
New York, NY
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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