Civil War featured as summer workshop topic

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Civil War featured as summer workshop topic

July 25, 2012

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Social Sciences and Institute for Citizenship Studies, in conjunction with a major grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, conducted a summer teachers’ workshop on the American Civil War.

The workshop brought 17 teacher-participants from diverse backgrounds from all parts of the state of Oklahoma to Northwestern-Alva from June 11-14. The event was designed to enhance the knowledge base of middle school and high school social science teachers regarding the most destructive war in American history.

This multi-faceted workshop featured lectures, art of the Civil War, displays of period artifacts and other activities, including a field trip to historic Fort Larned, Kan. Participants received complimentary materials, room and board on campus, a stipend to offset travel expenses and certification for professional development.
Workshop organizers included Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science; J.W. Platt, instructor of history; Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history; and Dr. Kay Decker, chair of the Department of Social Sciences and professor of sociology. Mason, Platt and Schmaltz also presented on Civil War topics. Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history, Kenneth Kelsey, adjunct instructor in history, and John Schmaltz, professor emeritus in social sciences from North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, contributed their expertise to the workshop sessions as well.

The organizers expressed their gratitude to the Oklahoma Humanities Council for its continuing support. The workshop organizers also were quite impressed by the quality of the teacher-participants. Mason said the teacher-participants gave the event positive evaluations overall.

The Department of Social Sciences and Institute for Citizenship Studies hopes to play host to a teachers’ workshop on a different theme in the future.

For more information about Northwestern’s Institute for Citizenship Studies, contact (580) 327-8525 or