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The War of 1812 in the Great Lakes and Western Territories

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“The War of 1812 in the Great Lakes and Western Territories” consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for fifty community college faculty members on the national implications of the War of 1812’s northwestern frontier. The program engages new scholarship on the under-examined War of 1812, now considered of central importance to early American history. In particular, the workshop explores conflicts that emanated from the northwestern borderlands of northern Ohio and southern Michigan, with Native Americans and Europeans threatening to destabilize the nation. Three sites (the River Raisin Battlefield, Fort Meigs, and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument) anchor the project’s regional focus. These are combined with lectures by and discussions with visiting scholars whose complementary expertise allows for a thorough examination of the topic. Alan Taylor (University of California, Davis) and Andrew Cayton (Miami University, Ohio) discuss the war’s significance to the nation; David Skags (Bowling Green State University) and Gerard Atloff (National Park Service) treat military and geographic topics; and Gregory Dowd (University of Michigan) and Susan Sleeper-Smith (Michigan State University) address the conflict with Native Americans. Three core books support a number of additional readings: Taylor’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Civil War of 1812; Skaggs and Atloff's A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign; and Sandy Antal's A Wampum Denied: Proctor's War of 1812, which examines U.S. diplomacy with Native Americans in the Northwest. Attention is given to archival materials as well as to the use of sites in the teaching of history. 

Dates: Toledo, OH: July 22–27 or August 5–10
Grantee Institutions: Brian Schoen, Ohio University, and Elizabeth Hedler, Ohio Historical Society
Location: The River Raisin Battlefield, Fort Meigs, and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument

About NEH Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Community College Faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. As part of the NEH’s We the People program, we offer the following Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty. NEH Landmarks Workshops provide the opportunity for community college educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, to advance their own scholarship, and to develop enhanced teaching materials.

Amount of Award

Faculty selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends help cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location.


These projects are designed for faculty members at American community colleges. Adjunct and part-time lecturers as well as full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Other community college staff, including librarians and administrators, are eligible to compete, provided they can advance the teaching and/or research goals of the workshop. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete the NEH application and provide all of the information requested to be considered eligible.

New this year: An individual may apply to up to two NEH Summer Programs in any one year (Landmarks Workshops, Summer Seminars, or Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.

How to Apply

Please e-mail, telephone or send by U.S. Post a request for application information and expanded Workshop descriptions to the Landmarks directors listed here; in many cases, these materials will also be available on project websites. You may request information about as many Workshops as you like, and, as noted above, you may apply to up to two programs but participate in only one.