Workshop Links Economics, Civil War History

The Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education, with support from EKU’s Office of Regional Stewardship, commemorated the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War in Kentucky recently by providing a workshop for teachers in grades 4-8 that highlighted how economics can help students better understand this period of history. 

The workshop was held at EKU’s regional campus in Manchester, and attendees received the first two volumes of the Adventures in Economics and U.S. History curriculum along with children’s literature books about this period of history that correlated with the lessons. Kentucky’s participation in the war was discussed, and teachers learned strategies for taking their students back in time to review the kinds of decisions faced by those who lived during that period of time.

“EKU’s support of this program is vital to successful implementation in the classroom,” said Dr. Cynthia Harter, director of EKU’s Center for Economic Education. “Participants received training and a fantastic set of materials that they can take into their classrooms and use immediately.”

The teachers who attended the workshop were pleased with the opportunity.  One attendee noted, “The material I received today will help make the lessons more relevant and interactive for the students” while another remarked, “Incorporating economics and history is a seamless teaching tool. I cannot wait to interweave it throughout my history instruction.” 

For more information about this program, contact Harter at

Published on August 28, 2012

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