Summer Teacher Institute at Stratford Hall

Realism, Reaction, and Possibility: Reconstruction in Virginia 1865 – 1885.

July 24 – 27, 2019

Stratford Hall, Virginia

The Stratford Hall Summer Teacher Institute is an annual residential opportunity for educators located on the grounds of Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, Virginia. This year’s Summer Teacher Institute is titled: Realism, Reaction, and Possibility: Reconstruction in Virginia 1865 – 1885.

Overview of 2019 Stratford Hall Summer Teacher Institute

The 2019 Institute Realism, Reaction, and Possibility: Reconstruction in Virginia 1865 – 1885 will explore the turbulent times following the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination.

The South lay in waste and was fueled with bitterness towards the victorious North. Reconstruction began even as the Civil War was still being fought. The United States government, including President Lincoln, had defined no explicit and coherent plan for the postwar South. Lincoln’s assassination and Andrew Johnson’s rise to the presidency threw things into even greater uncertainty. Johnson, who had defended the Union as a United States Senator and wartime Governor of Tennessee and who was elected Vice President with Lincoln in 1864 at the head of the Union Party, proved surprisingly lenient with white Southerners and unsympathetic to the people who had been held in slavery. Johnson hoped to create a national party devoted to the Union and sought the support of the former leaders of the South. He was unconcerned about sacrificing black Southerners’ interests in the process.

In 1865 the ingredients for Southern societal uncertainty included: a humbling and humiliating defeat, persistent racism, lack of economic possibilities, and the absence of continuity of political purpose from the victorious Republican Party.

The Institute seeks to offer educators opportunities to learn from the best scholars on this important and relevant time period in our history.

Registration & information

To apply:

The Institute is open to all public and private certificate-holding school teachers K-12. Past Institute attendees are allowed to apply.

Download and print the 2019 Summer Teacher Institute Application. Compose a 400-1000 word essay on this year’s topic: Realism, Reaction, and Possibility: Reconstruction in Virginia 1865 – 1885.

Candidates may apply any time after February 1, 2019. Last day for registration is July 16, 2019.

To apply, email the application to Jon Bachman, Public Events Manager,, or mail the application to Stratford Hall: 483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558.

In an effort to offer the Stratford Hall Summer Teacher Institute to as many potential registrants as possible, five openings were offered to the first five past registrants. As of February 19, these openings have been filled. All remaining past applicants will be placed  on a “standby list”.  Once the minimum of 25 Institute registrants has been reached, those on the “standby list” will be notified to fill vacancies due to registrant cancellation.  These vacancies will be filled in the date order past registrant applications are received.


Participants are responsible for the costs of transportation to and from Stratford and three evening meals. All other Institute costs (full tuition, housing and most meals) are covered by fellowship funding sources.


Jul 24 2019 - Jul 27 2019


03:00 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Jul 24 2019 - Jul 27 2019
  • Time: 13:00 - 10:00


Stratford Hall
483 Great House Road, Stratford


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