Electoral College Teacher Workshop at Hayes Presidential – Application Deadline: Jan. 31


Are you a history or social studies teacher interested in participating in a civic education training workshop about the Electoral College? If so, you can apply now to attend the workshop at no cost. The Congressionally-chartered U.S. Capitol Historical Society developed the workshop in partnership with the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, which will sponsor the selected educators. The workshop will help teachers learn innovative ways to bring the disputed 1876 Hayes-Tilden election into classrooms when teaching students about the Electoral College.


The workshop is Feb. 22-23 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, Ohio.

For the application and details, click here.


Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Teachers eligible to apply must teach American history, civics, or social studies in grades K-12, although the workshop is geared toward middle school and high school teachers. Teachers must be currently employed at a public, private, or charter school.

Funding, in part, for travel stipends comes from the America 250-Ohio Commission.

Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted group rate of $107 plus tax at the Comfort Inn, Fremont.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation between the hotel and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at no cost to attendees.  Additional details about accommodations will be sent to teachers who are accepted into the program.

More information on the workshop and play based on President Hayes’ contested election of 1876 is open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 22.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, Feb. 22

5:30 -5:45 p.m. – Bus with workshop participants aboard arrives at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

6 – 6:30 p.m. – Welcome reception for workshop participants

6:30 p.m. – Performance of play about President Hayes’ contested election of 1876.

NOTE: This performance is open to the public. Tickets for the public are required but free. Click Here.


Friday, Feb. 23

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Check-in, coffee

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Our civic purpose: workshop goals and overview

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. – U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s We the People Hub™: Free online multimedia teaching resources

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Teaching the Constitution through Theater: Electionland for the social studies classroom

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Rutherford B. Hayes primary resources for teachers

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Escape room/exhibit walk-through

12:15 – 1 p.m. – Lunch

1 – 2 p.m. – U.S. Capitol Historical Society – New Electoral College lesson plans and activity inspired by 1876

2 – 2:45 p.m. – Hometown U.S. History – Mr. Y the Social Studies Guy

2:45 – 3 p.m. – Closing remarks and participant feedback

3 -3:15 p.m. Travel snacks pickup/pre-tour break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Spiegel Grove tour