Despite the fact that media outlets have already proclaimed the end of the sesquicentennial with retrospectives on the anniversary, at CWI, the commemoration continues. There is no one date that definitively marks the end of the war, and ending anniversary commemorations in 2015 obscures the close linkages between the conflict and its aftermath. For that reason, CWI’s chronological march through the war will continue in 2016 with Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War. This conference – one of the first of its kind for a popular audience – will include a number of exciting new formats: small-group overview sessions, battlefield tours exploring postwar use of the Gettysburg battlefield, and breakout sessions devoted to Reconstruction through biography. Click here to see the full schedule for the Summer 2016 conference.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
CWI Director Peter Carmichael’s annual Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, “The American Civil War Through Material Culture and Historic Landscapes” brought 27 elementary and middle school teachers to Gettysburg College from July 12-18. GLI’s highly competitive teacher seminars provide participants a rigorous one-week program of classroom sessions and field experiences devoted to enhancing their content knowledge and providing new pedagogical approaches to teaching a particular topic. Participants in Carmichael’s seminar explored strategies for using artifacts, photographs, and historical landscapes as a means to understand the revolutionary experiences and consequences of the Civil War. Activities included visits to Culp’s Hill and the fields of Pickett’s Charge, crafting a lesson plan at Oak Ridge, and exploring the battlefield landscape as a teaching tool for introducing students to the civil rights movement and the Cold War. Read more about Gilder Lehrman's Teacher Seminar Program.