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The Importance of Using Caution When Interpreting Personal Recollections of Historic Events

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
When historians collect primary source documents during research, they must determine which of these sources can be relied upon when crafting an accurate interpretation of the past. This challenge is harder than it might seem at first blush. Most historians would agree that finding primary sources that are contemporary…

154th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – Schedule of Events

Originally posted on The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park:
The three day Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point not only in the course of the American Civil War, but also for the future of the United States of America. Join Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides during the 154th Anniversary for a series…

Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies

This is from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s blog, “The Gettysburg Compiler.” It’s an article by an undergraduate student, Olivia Ortman, detailing results of her research on how African-Americans in the Civil War era viewed the confederate flag.   Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies By Olivia Ortman ‘19 This post […]

“Weaponizing” History to Make Political Arguments is Lazy Historical Thinking

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
The Ku Klux Klan in 1928. Photo Credit: National Archives & Records Administration Over the past few days a good number of historians have been sharing an article from the Washington Post that ostensibly confirms what many of us in the field already know: history is relevant, important, and…

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. For your enjoyment:

Mike Pence at Gettysburg

Originally posted on Crossroads:
I found this video of Indiana governor Mike Pence’s visit to Gettysburg earlier this month to be an interesting overview of what Indiana regiments did at the battle … and John Hoptak did the NPS proud, as could be expected.

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service

The National Park Service is 100 years old. I encourage everyone to celebrate by visiting a national park. While you’re there, thank a ranger for all they do.