This three-day educator institute accompanies the History Center’s current exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, on display at the History Center through September 22, 2019. Educators will dive deep into the history of the Vietnam War to explore the breadth of the conflict, from the doctrine of Communist containment that spurred U.S. involvement to the capitulation of Saigon in 1975.

The era will be brought to life for teachers through the use of objects from the New-York Historical Society, the Heinz History Center, and local Vietnam veterans, as well as archival documents, personal journals, newspaper accounts, and oral histories. The program will focus on content, with curators and guest speakers, and strategies for teaching the Vietnam War in the classroom, including techniques for deliberation, object handling, and primary source analysis. Each day will also include time for skills sharing and lesson planning with fellow educators.


  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour break for lunch
  • Location: Heinz History Center
  • Act 48 Hours: 15 hours
  • Audience: Suitable for secondary social studies teachers who teach the Vietnam War as part of a course or are preparing to teach this content in 2019-20
  • Cost: $90 for non-members, $75 for History Center members. The cost includes coffee and continental breakfast on each day but does not include lunch. Participants will have an hour lunch break to enjoy lunch locally or in the museum café.
  • Registration Deadline: July 8