Three Yadkin County teachers participated in a week-long, residential seminar sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Teachers Institute, June 17-23 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Joining with 38 public school educators from across the state, teachers Penny Freeland, Joy Kinley, Sylvia Wingler explored “Laying Down Tracks: A Study of Railroads as Myth, Reality, and Symbol.”
Led by Drs. Anne Baker and David Zonderman (NC State University) and Dr. Rachel Willis (UNC Chapel Hill), these 41 educators addressed such topics as “Railroads and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Life,” “The Death and Rebirth of the American Railroad,” and “Mapping Modern Rail Corridors in North Carolina.”
In addition to academic sessions, participants were treated to a performance of “railroad music” by The Hushpuppies, an old-time string band, and to a full afternoon of research in Wilson Library on the UNC campus. Another program highlight was a field trip via train ride to the North Carolina Museum of Transportation in Spencer with a day of presentations and exploration led by museum personnel.
The Teachers Institute is a free professional education development program designed to bring teachers together to study the cultures of North Carolina’s diverse communities.
Through rigorous, challenging, and interdisciplinary academic sessions, Institute seminars provide access to continued intellectual growth for the state’s educators. Participation is by application only, and teachers selected to attend Institute seminars receive continuing education credits and have the option to receive graduate credit.
The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. It facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.