Summer 2022 American History Professional Development

Teachers participating in a 2019 Teacher SeminarThe Gilder Lehrman Institute’s summer professional development programs provide K–12 teachers the chance to engage in live conversations with renowned historians, watch lectures that explore key topics in American history, visit historic sites, and work hands-on with primary sources.

This summer, we are pleased to offer three unique PD opportunities for teachers in on-site, virtual, and hybrid models.

The Gilder Lehrman Teacher Symposium (On-Site)

July 9–12 at Gettysburg College (PA)

Gettysburg College is the site of the 2022 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Symposium. (Gettysburg College)At our inaugural symposium at Gettysburg College, each participant will attend a series of lectures with one of eight renowned historians, six hours of pedagogy with a master teacher, book talks with scholars, and numerous in-person networking opportunities.

Teacher Seminars (Virtual)


Each of our 21 weeklong virtual seminars will include live Q&As with eminent historians, up to fifteen hours of historian-led video lectures, lesson plans, and selected primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Select seminars also feature live programming provided in collaboration with museums and historic sites across the country.

Reframing Lincoln Symposium (On-Site or Virtual)

July 25–29 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (IL)

Lincoln Library Symposium 2021Examine Lincoln’s beliefs and actions on issues such as emancipation, Black citizenship, and the growth of civil liberties in America. Teachers can apply to attend in-person or participate from home.

Learn more about all the programs, including course topics and scholars teaching the courses, here.

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Teachers who register for any of our summer PD programs will be invited to join us for Special Topics in History, a weekly series featuring conversations on the most up-to-date historical scholarship. Lectures will be led by historians and staff at key partner organizations, including:

  • The American Jewish Historical Society
  • The Choices Program at Brown University
  • The Hingham Historical Society
  • Historic Deerfield
  • The National Civil Rights Museum
  • The USS Midway Museum