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Gunstonian talking with teachers
Photo by Jack L. Hiller

Supplement Your Classroom Materials  -- Reasonably

Education was important to George Mason, as it is to us today at Gunston Hall.   Enrich your classroom with materials devoted to George Mason and 18th-century life.  Stop by the Museum Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or call 703-550-9220, ext. 222, with questions or current pricing requests or to place an order.  You also can make purchases on-line. Teachers receive a 10% discount on materials purchased for use in the classroom.

Curriculum Guides

A copy of the grade-appropriate guide is provided free of charge when reserving an on-site or outreach program. Also available in an online format by clicking the links below.

Discover George Mason: Home, State, and Country (free download)
30 lessons for grades 3 through 6.
Purchase a copy

George Mason, Patriot & Planter (free download)
15 lessons for grades 7 through 12.
Includes a classroom guide to the film, George Mason and the Bill of Rights.
Purchase a copy

Growing Up at Gunston (free download)
For Grades 1 & 2, in conjunction with the Growing Up at Gunston Hall school tour.

Perfect for Teachers

George Mason and the Bill of Rights
This film on Mason's life and political contributions is now available as a DVD.  Best suited for grades 4 and up. 
Purchase a copy
DVD or video also may be borrowed free of charge for up to three weeks.

George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights
Carla R. Heymsfeld and Joan W. Lewis.  Patriotic Education Incorporated.
Especially for student readers, upper elementary age and up.
Purchase a copy

George Mason, Forgotten Founder
Jeff Broadwater.
This 2006 biography is especially strong on Mason’s political contributions.
Excellent background for teachers. 
Purchase a copy

I'm Not Signing That!: George Mason Stands Up for the United States Bill of Rights
An American Citizenship Project book.  Based on historical fact, this text was written by a group of Kansas students.
Especially for student readers, upper elementary age and up. 
Purchase a copy

Of Land & Labor.
M. Lauren Bisbee.  An exploration of 18th-century life on a Virginia plantation, with Gunston Hall as the focus.
Appropriate for use with a secondary school class or for background for teachers.
Purchase a copy

The Recollections of John Mason.  You and your students can read what George Mason=s fourth son, John, had to say about Gunston Hall, plantation life, and his distinguished father.  The beautifully-illustrated primary document, divided into thematic topics for easy classroom use, features a short biography of George Mason.
Purchase a copy

Educational Posters

George Mason. Fee.
Virginia Declaration of Rights. Fee.

Gunston Hall Edu-Kits

Very popular for teachers taking field trips to Gunston Hall!  A sampler of fun and educational take-home items for students provides a wise solution for time-constrained school tours.
A choice of two kits: George Mason and Patriot.
Must be pre-ordered and picked up on the day of your field trip.
$5 each.

On-Site Lectures and Workshops for Teachers

14h Annual Liberty Lecture Series
Sundays, February 26, March 4 and 11, 2012 at 3 p.m.

This lecture series, held annually since 1998, provides an opportunity for teachers and secondary school students to enhance their understanding of the framework for the nation’s government from the time of colonist George Mason to today. Past issues discussed have included such diverse topics as modern interpretations of the Constitution, Presidential power, immigration, slavery, and religion. Presenters include historians, judges, attorneys, professors, and, on occasion, George Mason himself.

Reception from 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Each lecture: $9 per adult and $5 for students through 12th grade. Thirty-minute guided tour of the mansion included.
Six re-certification hours may be earned for the complete lecture series.

Teachers' Day Out  
At Home with George Mason 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (10 re-certification hours)
Open to elementary, secondary, and home school teachers

Spend a relaxing and informative day at Gunston Hall dedicated to the life and ideas of George Mason.   Linger in the Visitors’ Center over coffee as you are introduced to this important patriot and planter in his home setting.  Indulge in a specially designed hands-on plantation tour as you participate in daily activities that would have been second nature to the master of this plantation.  Through informal presentations geared to your level, deepen your knowledge of Mason’s most well-known documents, the Virginia Declaration and the Objections to the Constitution.  As you conclude your day, expert elementary and secondary teachers will share their personal strategies for making George Mason come alive in your classroom.   

The $25 fee covers the program, related materials, and a continental breakfast. Registration is required. Call 703-550-9220. 

Plan a Workshop with Us

Plan a teacher workshop or special-focus visit on George Mason or 18th-century plantation life.  The Education Department is delighted to work with educators (12 or more preferred), either at Gunston Hall or on location in your school or district.  

Library and Archives

Carry out research in the Gunston Hall Library and Archives.  The collection of manuscripts, rare books, and modern reference resources covers a wide range of 18th-century topics.  Contact the Librarian to make an appointment, 703-550-9229 or library@gunstonhall.org.

Website Resources

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