Connie Jacobson, a teacher at Topeka West high School, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She was one of only four Kansas teachers to receive the honor. She attended a week long program entitled “Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom and the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars.” The program was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Participants visited several historic sites including the cities of Lawrence and Lecompton and the site of the Battle of Westport. They also studied with scholars on the Civil War in Missouri and Kansas. Jacobson and the other teachers will share their program experiences with students this school year.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.