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Virginia War Memorial Announces 2018 Summer Teacher Institute Schedule

Commonwealth’s Public and Private Middle and High School Teachers

Encouraged To Register For Free One-Day Classes on Historical Subjects

The Virginia War Memorial has announced its schedule of Summer 2018 Teacher Institutes for middle and high school teachers.

The Institutes are one-day educational programs offered free of charge to Virginia public and private teachers. For 2018, five Summer Teacher Institutes will be held at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. Dates for the Institutes are July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2 and August 9.

Topics will include World War II: Beyond the Textbook, Parts 1 and 2; Making Sense of the War on Terror; Where Were You on 9/11?; and The Vietnam War through Film. The complete schedule is available online at

According to James Triesler, Virginia War Memorial Education Director, all five Institutes are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards (SOLs) and eligible for teacher re-licensure credits. There is no registration fee and teachers may register to attend one or more of the programs. Each Institute begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. A complimentary lunch and refreshments are included. Funding for the 2018 Summer Teacher Institutes is provided by the nonprofit Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

“This is thirteenth consecutive year of presenting our Virginia War Memorial Summer Teacher Institutes,” Triesler noted. “We are pleased to continue this tradition of offering Virginia’s middle and high school teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge from renowned historians and military veterans. Teachers take the information they gain back to their classrooms to help make history come alive for their students.”

“Space for each Institute is limited,” Triesler added. “So, we encourage interested teachers to register as early as possible. For Summer 2018, registration for each Institute will remain open until the week of the respective seminar or until seating capacity is filled.”

Teachers can get more information and also register online to attend one or more Institutes at Teachers may also contact the Memorial’s Assistant Education Director Morgan Guyer directly by phone at 804.786.9700 or by email at .

 About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our military forces. For more information, please visit, or .

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 30 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans

benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/memory

care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored

final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs.  The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit