Martha Washington’s story, although unparalleled in many ways, provides a well-documented access point to a better understanding of the experiences available to women throughout the colonies and the newly formed nation in the 18th century. Join teachers from around the country and engage with diverse source materials, such as documents, images, and material culture, that teach about the lives of 18th-century women of all backgrounds and the impact of their contributions to the founding of the United States. Find new ways to connect Martha Washington and her contemporaries to the broader subject of women’s history and topics of economic, political, social, and cultural history.

Past Program Scholars and Speakers

Lead Scholar Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Teacher Facilitator Christine Kadonsky, US History teacher at Wausau West High School in Wisconsin

Natalie Standingontherock Proctor, member of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway, Wild Turkey Clan Tribal Chair

Brenda Parker, Historial Interpreter at George Washington's Mount Vernon


The information we learned about working women, both before, during, and after the Revolutionary War was really eye-opening as was thinking about the culture of the Federalist Period, something I had not given much thought to yet.

-GWTI Teacher Participant

This seminar stressed the use of primary sources, and it was beautiful!  It motivates me to use these resources in my classroom, and share these teaching ideas with others.

-GWTI Teacher Participant

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