EduHam Online September Newsletter: Creating Performance Pieces for the Competition and Lottery

Register to gain access to all these EduHam Online resources.Welcome to the official newsletter for the Hamilton Education Program Online, the program whose goal is to help students in grades 6–12 see the relevance of the Founding Era by using primary sources to create a performance piece (e.g., a song, rap, poem, or scene) following the model used by Lin-Manue

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Ulysses S. Grant at West Point, 1839

<p>The Gilder Lehrman Collection includes a letter and a painting by Ulysses S. Grant when he was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. These unique items reveal Grant as the equivalent of a modern-day college student.</p><p>On September 22, 1839, Cadet Grant wrote this letter to his cousin, McKinstrey Griffith, between the first-year summer encampment ended and the beginning of the academic year. In it, the seventeen-year-old reveals his uncensored first impressions of West Point, his sense of humor, and a bit of a mid-western drawl.
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Civil War soldiers: Thomas Burpee and his sons

<p>The Gilder Lehrman Collection has more than 10,000 letters written by soldiers during the American Civil War, and when you read dozens or even hundreds of letters by the same person, it is very much like reality television. You become involved in the drama of their lives&mdash;the war, relationships, finances, and losses.
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Former slave, Doctor Cuffee Saunders, 1781

Sometimes a simple document can open the door to a great story. Cuffee Saunders was a Black soldier during the Revolutionary War. The paperwork here is for “Cuffee Wells,” Wells being the name of Cuffee’s former slaveowner. When Cuffee entered the Army he was still known as Cuffee Wells, and during the war he took the last name of Saunders. 
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Former slave, Doctor Cuffee Saunders, 1781

Sometimes a simple document can open the door to a great story. Cuffee Saunders was a Black soldier during the Revolutionary War. The paperwork here is for “Cuffee Wells,” Wells being the name of Cuffee’s former slaveowner. When Cuffee entered the Army he was still known as Cuffee Wells, and during the war he took the last name of Saunders. 
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Former slave, Doctor Cuffee Saunders, 1781

Sometimes a simple document can open the door to a great story. Cuffee Saunders was a Black soldier during the Revolutionary War. The paperwork here is for “Cuffee Wells,” Wells being the name of Cuffee’s former slaveowner. When Cuffee entered the Army he was still known as Cuffee Wells, and during the war he took the last name of Saunders. 
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Former slave, Doctor Cuffee Saunders, 1781

Sometimes a simple document can open the door to a great story. Cuffee Saunders was a Black soldier during the Revolutionary War. The paperwork here is for “Cuffee Wells,” Wells being the name of Cuffee’s former slaveowner. When Cuffee entered the Army he was still known as Cuffee Wells, and during the war he took the last name of Saunders. 
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Recent Press Mentions

2021 State History Teachers of the Year in the News

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C&G Newspapers and The Oakland Press interview Ryan Werenka, Michigan History Teacher of the Year at Troy High School The Chattanoogan reports on and quotes Tennessee History Teacher of the Year Dr. Duke Richey of McCallie School
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The 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Presented on C-SPAN

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On April 19, 2021 the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize ceremony was held as a virtual event to honor and celebrate both the 2020 and 2021 winners of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize: Elizabeth Varon, 2020 prizewinner for her book Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War, and David S. Reynolds, 2021 prizewinner for his book Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times. 
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute, St. John Fisher College, Rochester Historical Society Partnership Funds Scholarship

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A new partnership between St. John Fisher College, the Rochester Historical Society, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History will create a scholarship for students interested in pursuing studies in history.
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