NWU Receives Grant for Teaching Workshop at Fort Robinson

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant to Nebraska Wesleyan University for a workshop that will likely impact the way teachers teach history.

Nebraska Wesleyan University has received a NEH grant for $166,395. The grant will provide two one-week teacher training workshops at the Fort Robinson National Historic Landmark near Crawford, Neb. The grant provides funding for the workshop and all travel, lodging and food expenses.

The workshop — "Shifting Power on the Plains: Fort Robinson and the American West" — will bring in leading scholars who will utilize Fort Robinson's artifacts, photographs, and stories to help teachers further understand the past. Fort Robinson witnessed some of the most important and dramatic incidents in the late 19th century expansion of the United States into the northern Great Plains, including the death of the Oglala Lakota Chief Crazy Horse and Chief Dull Knife's desperate attempt to lead his people to freedom during the Cheyenne Outbreak. Workshop participants will also visit nearby Pine Ridge Reservation, site of the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee.

The workshop will be open to approximately 80 kindergarten through twelfth-grade teachers from across the nation. Both Lincoln Public Schools and the Nebraska State Historical Society will partner with NWU on the workshop.

For more information about the workshop, contact Kevin Bower, Assistant Professor of History.