Stratford Hall to Host Three-Day Residential Symposium on Slavery for Teachers, October 2-4, 2009

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Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (August 5, 2009) A three-day residential Symposium on Slavery will introduce participants to noted slavery scholars, along with the best literature available on the topic, and also heighten participants’ understanding of electronic resources that can be highly beneficial in the classroom.

The symposium’s Friday through Sunday schedule will minimize the amount of time teachers must be away from their schools. Cost for the three-day symposium that includes meals and lodging is $100. Closely attuned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, it has been funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Recertification points will be available.

Directed by Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of History Emeritus Phillip Schwarz, the symposium staff will include faculty from Howard University, the College of William and Mary, University of Mary Washington, Williams College, Virginia Commonwealth University, York High School, Yorktown, Virginia and Washington and Lee High School, Montross, Virginia.

“We are pleased to offer this program to educators from Virginia, and from other states as space allows, said Ken McFarland, Stratford Hall’s Director of Education. “This symposium presents a unique opportunity to enhance their instructional skills on this crucially important topic in American history,” he added.

During the symposium educators will gain permanent access to the internet discussion group and be encouraged to create personal blogs to record and disseminate their symposium experiences.

Participants will stay in the Cheek Guest House and have their meals at the Stratford Hall Dining Room. Instructional sessions will be offered in the duPont Room of the Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library.

Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia, is located on 1,900 acres on the Potomac River in Westmoreland County, VA.

To apply or to get more information, contact Ken McFarland, Director of Education at 804-493-8038 extension 1558, by email at, or visit