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APU Offers Civil War Graduate Course, Summer Workshop with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Charles Town, WV., April 21, 2011American Public University (APU) today announced it will  again offer 4th -  12th grade teachers an online, three-credit summer graduate course, “War Comes to Harpers Ferry: 1861.” The course is part of a three-day summer workshop in historic Harpers Ferry, WV, organized and taught by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park historians and other local experts.

The workshop will examine the secession of Virginia from the Union, followed by the heroic escape of Confederate Lieutenant Roger Jones and his soldiers. Teachers are encouraged to sign up early as registration is limited to 30 students. 

        APU Online Graduate Course:  War Comes to Harpers Ferry: 1861
        Course Number:  HIST680
        Course Dates:  July 4 to August 28, 2011

        Summer Institute at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
        Course Dates:  July 23-25, 2011

The registration deadline is June 26, 2011 for both programs.  For further information, including cost details and available scholarships, please visit

About Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in American history. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered — involving a diverse number of people and a series of events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

Yoci Deal (registration)
877-777-9081, ext. 3764

Amber Kraft, National Park Service