Civil War conference brings historians to campus during Sesquicentennial

An innovative three-day conference, “The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th” will be held on campus March 14-16. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Gettysburg Foundation will host the conference, which occurs in the midst of the country's 150th commemoration of the American Civil War.

“The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th” combines academic and public history, and attendees will explore new ways to engage diverse audiences in meaningful conversations about the history and legacy of the American Civil War through a wide variety of presentations, panels, working groups and field experiences.

“No other event during this commemorative period brings together such an incredible range of historians working in the field of Civil War history. We will focus on how to create a more usable past for an American public who seeks deep meaning from their Civil War era. At a time when our nation is at war, the relevancy of our Civil War history could not be greater,” said Peter Carmichael, director of the College’s Civil War Institute (CWI).

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