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. 🙂