The Civil War Institute Does It Again

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has a new conference coming up–3 days with over 100 historians in Gettysburg, PA.  I’m looking forward to this.  The conference concerns the future of Civil War History, looking beyond the Sesquicentennial.  I like the idea of looking ahead and trying to figure out what we’d like things to look like, so we can attempt to shape them between now and then.

The conference begins on Thursday, March 14, 2013 with a round table discussion on “Popular Misconceptions About Civil War Military History” moderated by D. Scott Hartwig, Supervisory Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.  The panelists are Jennifer Murray, Allen Guelzo, Earl Hess, David Slay of the Vicksburg National Military Park, and Troy Harmon of the Gettysburg National Military Park.   That evening Cathy Stanton of Tufts University will speak on “How Can Civil War Sites Offer a Usable Past During a Time of War?” with comments by Pete Carmichael.

That’s a great start, and the program gets better with each day.  Full program schedule here.  There are presentations, round tables, and working groups.  The general public can even apply to be panelists.

Three days in Gettysburg with over a hundred Civil War Historians–what could be better?  Yes, I know, a full week.  🙂


  1. Peter Carmichael · · Reply

    Thanks for the endorsement. We are so pleased by the line-up. So far during the 150th we have never seen historians from so many different backgrounds come together at one event. And there will be a book coming out of the conference

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’m really looking forward to the conference. I think it’s incredibly important, especially in light of where we are technologically speaking with our schools still on a calendar that is based on kids working on the farm. And that’s just one aspect of many.

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