Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Landmarks workshops at

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide K-12 educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics and issues in American history and culture, while providing them with direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Prior to completing an application to a specific workshop, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

NEH Landmarks workshops involve teachers in collaboration with core faculty and visiting scholars to study the best available scholarship on a specific landmark or cluster of landmarks. Workshops, offered twice in one summer, accommodate 36 teachers in each one-week session. Participants benefit by gaining a sense of the importance of historical and cultural places, by making connections between the workshop content and what they teach, and by developing individual teaching and/or research materials.

Please Note: An individual may apply to up to two NEH summer projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one.


Before you attempt to complete an application, please study the project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.

The application for the Legacy of the Civil War: Changing Memories over Time is handled online via a Google form (LINK).  We suggest that you read through the form carefully before starting your application and that you compose your essay in a word processing program first.


A completed application consists of the following items:

  • the completed application cover sheet,
  • biographical information about education, employment, experiences, with contact information for a professional reference, and
  • an application essay (about 700 words and no more than 4,000 characters) as outlined below.

Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:

Please follow the prompts; be sure to indicate your first and second choices of workshop dates.  Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package.  Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process.

Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects.  A full application consists of all of the items listed above, submitted via the online application to the project director.

You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application. Do not copy and paste a new cover sheet. 

Biographical Information and Reference

On the online application, you will be asked specific questions about your educational background, your current and past employment, and other relevant experiences.  Be sure the résumé provides the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of one professional reference. Letter of recommendation is not required.

Application Essay

The application essay should be about 700 words and no more than 4,000 characters (approximately 2 double-spaced pages).  The essay should address your professional background; interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.


Completed applications should be submitted via the online application form to the project director, not the NEH, and submitted no later than March 1, 2016.  Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on March 31, 2016, and they will have until April 7, 2016 to accept or decline the offer.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.   



Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.  For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.  TDD:  202/606‑8282 (for the hearing impaired only).