Civil War Institute Fellow Natalie Sherif '14 recently delivered a lecture with CWI Assistant Director Ian Isherwood titled Scissors & Saws: Understanding 19th-Century Surgery. The lecture corresponded with the opening of a new exhibit in Special Collections, Slow to Heal: The Evolution of Medicine from the Civil War Era to World War I. The exhibit, curated by Sherif as the 2014 Fortenbaugh Exhibits Intern at Musselman Library, features materials from the library collection as well as items on loan from Isherwood, Angelo Scarlato, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. It explores the history of medicine from the Civil War through World War I by way of artifacts, letters, photographs, and documents. Stop by the Special Collections Reading Room in Musselman Library (4th Floor) to view Natalie's great work! The exhibit runs March 17 - August 1, 2014.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
On March 31, the 2014 Brian C. Pohanka Interns were offered a taste of the exciting work they'll be doing this summer at National Park Service sites and private museums. The interns joined Gettysburg National Military Park ranger (and Gettysburg College alumnus) Chris Gwinn '06 for a special interpretive program at Barlow's Knoll. Gwinn's program, which used the experiences of the XI Corps troops on July 1, 1863 to explore themes of failure and resilience, was designed to offer students an introduction to the principles of interpretation. After hiking Barlow's Knoll and exploring the XI Corps monuments, students returned to campus to go "under the hood" of the tour with Gwinn and CWI staff members Peter Carmichael, Jill Ogline Titus, and Allison Jordan -- all former NPS interpreters. Over dinner, the group explored pacing, thematic development, interpretive questions, site-specific content, techniques for engaging visitors, and the challenges and opportunities of helping audiences to think historically. By the end of May, eighteen Gettysburg College students will be in the field as Pohanka Interns. Read more about the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program.