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TCC Faculty Member Named American History Grant Program Director
Daniel Lewis will oversee teaching history to K-12 teachers “through a local lens”

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 17, 2003   —   Tidewater Community College faculty member Daniel Lewis, Ph.D., has been named director of the new Teaching American History Program for K-12 teachers at Portsmouth City Public Schools and Norfolk Public Schools.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education with a grant of $975,000 over three years, the groundbreaking initiative will create quality programming for the schools using local historical institutions, and will pair TCC faculty as “teacher-scholar trainers” with the city school teachers.

Lewis, a history instructor at TCC, looks forward to applying his dual passions for American history and teaching to this program he helped conceive. “So much of my work has led me to this program, from my graduate and doctoral work in the Civil War era to my current job as an historian for an internet publisher of Harper’s Weekly and other 19th-century sources . . . With this program, the excitement of bringing history to life for K-12 teachers through our rich local history is a rare opportunity.”

From a national standpoint, Lewis sees a compelling need for the Teaching American History program in southeastern Virginia. “This professional development program aims to assert the pivotal importance of our nation’s cities by bolstering and reinvigorating public schools. By embracing the area’s local history in the teaching of traditional American history, the project showcases the vital importance of America’s urban landscape as a site worthy of sustained historical exploration.”

Lewis earned his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. A focus of his studies was 19th-century United States, with special interdisciplinary emphases in visual arts, history and literature, in addition to the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. He also has served as a consultant for the Exhibition on U.S. Historical Prints at the American Antiquarian Society and the Huntington Library, with a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2002.


For more information about the Growing American History Teacher Scholars, visit: .

Tidewater Community College, the second largest of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, enrolls more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37 th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community college network. TCC enrolled 43 percent of the region’s residents who attended a college or university in Virginia last fall. Visit

Media Contact:   Laurie White, Tidewater Community College, 757-822-1085,