Civil War in Florida: Beyond the Battlefield

Civil War in the American South

Workshop Dates: June 18-22, 2018
Deadline to apply: 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 6, 2018

About the workshop:

The American Civil War and Reconstruction radically reshaped the political, economic, and cultural fabric of southern states. Alabama, and the city of Montgomery, served as an early seat of Confederate government. The state remained a source of manpower and commanders. Florida, meanwhile, was the third state to secede from the Union. Florida became a central supply for beef and salt. The state’s expansive coastlines resulted in blockade runners that fought to shift material and men around the union’s blockade.

The Florida Humanities Council and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, with generous support from the HTR Foundation, are partnering to create a five-day workshop exploring the Civil War’s impact on Florida and Alabama. Educators from both states will experience an active combination of lectures and discussions with experts, and field excursions to relevant historical sites. Participants will tour Mobile’s Civil War architecture and examine manuscripts from the era; visit Pensacola’s antebellum sites, like Arcadia Mill; and explore Blakely State Park, site of the last major battle of the Civil War.

The workshop will begin mid-afternoon Monday, June 18, 2018 and end mid-afternoon on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Get Ready to Apply:

Before continuing with your application we want to make sure you’ve read our Get Ready to Apply section that offers applicants important information related to our workshops.

Staff and Scholars:


T.C. McLemore is a Programs Director at the Alabama Humanities Foundation. He oversees a number of education and literary programs.

Keith Simmons is a Program Coordinator at the Florida Humanities Council. He works on digital and education projects.

Laurie Berlin, Director of Administration of the Florida Humanities Council will serve as the program assistant.


Sean Patrick Adams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, at the University of Florida. Dr. Adams specializes in 19th Century United States history, particularly industrial development.

Lonnie Burnett, PhD., is a Professor of History and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost at the University of Mobile. He is the author of Henry Hotze, Confederate Propagandist and The Pen Makes a Good Sword: John Forsyth of the Mobile Register.

Location & accommodations:


Accommodations will be based at The Timbers dormitory on the campus of the University of Mobile, located in Mobile, Alabama. Participants will need to bring their own linens, pillows, towels and other personal/comfort items.

A detailed suggested packing list will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Participants will be housed in a shared suite in a single-occupancy room and a single-user bathroom. The dormitory suite will be shared with another period of the same gender. Free internet-service will be provided. Click here to view dormitory layout. Participants who wish to share a suite with a specific participating teacher may make that request at least two weeks in advance of the workshop start date through Laurie Berlin, who can be reached at


Breakfast will be provided each morning. All lunches will also be provided and will either be served off or on campus. Most dinners will also be provided. On select evenings, participants will have the option to dine on their own or with new workshop friends. Specific dates will be provided on the draft agenda, which will be issued approximately one month before the start of the workshop.

Beyond vegetarian offerings, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate special dietary needs.


Participants in this workshop should be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and varied natural terrain. Participants should be able to tolerate varying temperatures, wind, rain, outdoor activities, and outdoor excursions of up to four hours in duration.

Parts of this tour may not be accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. We will be visiting sites that are significant to the telling of this story/the history of the area but may not currently be ADA accessible.

Weather permitting, boating excursions may be included in the workshop program.

In-service/professional development credit:

There is no assignment or lesson plan required for this workshop. Upon successful completion of the workshop, the participant will receive a certificate for a recommended 30 in-service credits.
Please note that acceptance of these points may vary for each state and school district. We recommend that you talk to your professional development coordinator in advance of participating in this workshop to ensure that you will receive the credit you hope to gain.

Fees and Expenses:

Teaching Florida covers the following costs:

  • Lodging
  • Most meals
  • Transportation costs within the workshop
  • Entry and guide fees to sites and museums and other field experiences
  • Parking fees (if applicable) upon arrival and for the duration of the workshop
  • Books and/or other workshop materials and resources
  • Certificate of completion (for participants who actively participate in all workshop components)
  • A one year complimentary Florida Humanities Council Membership and related publications

Teaching Florida does not cover the following costs:

  • Transportation to and from the workshop base
  • Some meals, as identified in advance the workshop agenda

Travel Reimbursement:

All workshop participants are eligible to apply for a travel reimbursement stipend to offset travel costs. Reimbursement rates will be issued as follows:

Miles (Roundtrip) Stipend Amount
0—99 Miles $100
100—199 Miles $150
200—399 Miles $200
400—599 Miles $250
600+ Miles $300

Stipends will be mailed to participants approximately one month after the conclusion of the workshop. Participants must attend the entire workshop to be eligible for a travel reimbursement stipend.

Summer Workshop Status Processing Fee Partial Tuition Total Cost
Have Never Attended $ 100 $ 0 $ 100
Attended a Summer Workshop Before June 1, 2010 $ 100 $ 0 $ 100
Attended a Summer Workshop on or after June 1, 2010 $ 100 $ 250 $ 350

We encourage interested Teaching Florida program alumni to inquire within their district to see what professional development funding may be available. Teaching Florida will gladly work with you to accept payments from third parties (school districts, etc.). Please contact Laurie Berlin, Director of Administration at or telephone: 727-873-2006 to obtain instructions for third party payments.


Am I eligible to apply for Civil War in the American South?

  • Full-time, certified K-12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, National Park Service interpreters, and State Park interpreters. Applicants must be certified and working in Alabama or Florida.
  • New teachers who expect to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in education in either Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 may apply. To confirm eligibility you will need to submit your academic transcripts or a letter from a university administrator (professor or advisor) stating your anticipated graduation date and major to be considered. Prior to starting your electronic application have your unofficial transcripts saved as a pdf or word document or have a letter from your university to attach to your application. Please contact Keith Simmons at for more information on submitting your eligibility materials.
  • We are unable to accept applications from part-time educators, substitute teachers, retired educators, or historical re-enactors.


All notifications will be sent via email. Please provide an email address you check regularly.

  • The deadline to apply for this workshop is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Participants will be notified via email by Monday, April 9, 2018 if they have been accepted into the workshop or placed on the waiting list.
  • All accepted participants must submit their processing fee and tuition (if applicable) by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, April 30, 2018. Participants who do not submit their fee by the designated date will forfeit their space to an applicant on the waiting list.
  • Waiting list applicants will be notified if a space has come available in the workshop on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
  • The deadline for waitlisted applicants to submit their processing fee and tuition (if applicable) is 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, May 18, 2018.
What When Note
Deadline to submit application for Civil War in the American South 5:00 p.m. EST Friday, April 6, 2018 No applications will be accepted after this date/time.
Notification of acceptance or waitlist Monday, April 9, 2018 Accepted & waitlisted applicants notified via email.
Deadline to RSVP and pay for your workshop space. 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, April 30, 2018 Spaces opened to waitlist applicants after this date/time.
Waitlist applicants notified if spaces come available. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Applicants notified via email.
Deadline for waitlist applicants to RSVP and pay for workshop space. 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, May 18, 2018 Workshop space forfeited after this date/time.

Readings and Webinar:

Approximately one month prior to the workshop, Teaching Florida will provide access to a password-protected website from which accepted educators will be able to download recommended readings, a draft agenda, and additional information.

All workshop participants must participate in a webinar prior to the workshop’s start. This webinar is designed to ensure all participants begin the workshop with a mutual understanding of basic dates, facts, and concepts related to the Civil War.

Contact Us:

Alabama Applicants

T.C. McLemore
Programs Director
Alabama Humanities Foundation
Telephone: 205-558-3999

Florida Applicants

Keith Simmons
Program Coordinator
Florida Humanities Council
Phone: 727-873-2011

Program Assistant

Laurie Berlin
Florida Humanities Council
Director of Administration
Florida Humanities Council
Telephone: 727-873-2006


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