About This Project

For Us the Living is a series of five interactive modules that encourage high school students to explore American history through the stories found in Alexandria National Cemetery. Established in 1862 as one of the nation’s first national cemeteries during the Civil War, Alexandria National Cemetery’s rich history invites students to explore connections to the Civil War, civil rights history, women’s history, the Lincoln assassination, and Reconstruction.

Through the modules, students learn historical and critical thinking skills as well as content — the “how” of history in addition to the “what.” Each module invites students to analyze primary and secondary sources, including photographs, maps, legislation, diaries, letters, and video interviews with scholars. At the end of each module, students can complete a digital activity or service learning project related to the module theme, at their teacher’s discretion.

About the Veterans Legacy Program

The Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) is the National Cemetery Administration's (NCA) educational outreach initiative. Our mission is to memorialize our nation's Veterans through sharing their stories of service and sacrifice.

We partner with universities, schools, teachers, professors, and students of all levels to research Veterans interred in NCA cemeteries and how they contributed to their country as servicemembers, and how they contributed to their community as Veterans.

VLP also works to modernize how we memorialize. We do this by embracing new media for sharing Veterans' stories and though digitizing the national cemetery experience for all.

We welcome the input and contribution of anyone who wishes to learn more about our nation's Veterans or join us in these efforts. Please feel welcome to contact us in order to learn more.

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Kelly Schrum, Director of Educational Projects and Project Director
Jennifer Rosenfeld, Associate Director of Educational Projects and Project Manager
James McCartney, Lead Developer
Joo Ah Lee, Associate Developer
Chris Preperato, Multimedia Manager
Gwendolyn White, Senior Research Assistant
Justin Broubalow, Graduate Research Assistant
Greta Swain, Digital History Fellow
Caroline Kelley, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Brianna Nunez, Undergraduate Research Assistant


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Alexandria City Public Schools

Patrick Deville, Social Studies Teacher, T.C. Williams High School
Philip Engle, Social Studies Teacher, T.C. Williams High School
Sarah Whelan, Instructional Specialist for Social Studies