This summer, Belfast Area High School English and history teacher William Murphy will travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., to attend a one-week, competitive-application seminar entitled “William Faulkner and Southern History.”

Directed by Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History at the University of Mississippi, the seminar will use the fictional Mississippi Faulkner conjured as a way to discuss and analyze Southern history and vice versa.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is renowned for its scholarly seminars for K-12 educators and National Park Service interpreters. This summer, the Institute’s seminars will offer more than 1,000 participants the chance to study American history with leading scholars of the field.

Held at institutions throughout the United States and Great Britain, these weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom. In each seminar, educators work with primary source documents provided by the professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each educator receives reading materials, room and board, transportation for tours and a stipend.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars and history enthusiasts throughout the nation.

In addition to its summer seminars, Gilder Lehrman administers the State and National History Teacher of the Year Award; creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes development programs for teachers; producers print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives.

Gilder Lehrman hosts, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.