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
For more than two decades, CWI’s annual summer conference has opened a dialogue among students, general audiences, and professional historians looking to better understand one of the bloodiest chapters of American history. For high school and college students, this conference serves a dual purpose – in bringing highly regarded historians and Civil War experts together under one roof, students have the opportunity for invaluable mentorship and networking. Both Julia Sippel ’18 and Jennifer Simone ’18 are current Gettysburg College students who have attended the CWI Conference as high school scholarship recipients. While they were excited to engage in a subject about which they are both passionate, they didn’t realize the transformational impact this week-long conference would have on them. As soon as registration for this year’s conference opened, they eagerly signed up. Read about their experiences as return attendees.