Hargrave Military Academy Teacher Earns a Spot in a Highly Coveted Library of Congress Program

Press Release for July 18, 2017

Major William (Bill) Leftwich USMC (Ret.), Chair of the English Department, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute.

Mr. Leftwich has been with Hargrave Military Academy for 16 years and has served as the English/Reading Department Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 68. Prior to joining Hargrave, Bill taught English at the United States Naval Academy from 1993-1996.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

The week of July 31–August 4 is a special session that will feature World War I resources from the Library’s collections.

Educators attending the teacher institutes participate in and develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and share with colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills and construct knowledge.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at; and register creative works of authorship at

For more information please contact Morgan Kreutz at [email protected]