The Civil War Institute’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program offers Gettysburg College students a special opportunity to do paid work on the frontlines of history, giving public tours of iconic historic sites, leading children’s programs, gaining hands-on experience with original artifacts, creating multimedia products, and conducting independent historical research. Want to see our students in action? Watch this short video, filmed at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, for a taste of what Pohanka interns do every day. Click here for additional information and application instructions for 2015. Applications for Summer 2015 are due October 27.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
The 2014 Michael Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction has been awarded to best-selling author Dennis McFarland for his novel, Nostalgia (Pantheon, 2013). The Shaara Prize was established in 1997 by award-winning author Jeff Shaara to honor his father, author of the classic Civil War novel The Killer Angels. Jeff Shaara will present the award to Dennis McFarland at the Robert Fortenbaugh Lecture on November 19. McFarland’s stunning novel chronicles the journey of Summerfield Hayes, a nineteen-year-old Union soldier abandoned by his comrades in the Wilderness, who is struggling to regain his voice, his identity, and his place in a world utterly changed by what he has experienced on the battlefield. Nostalgia combines a rich backstory of Hayes’ Brooklyn life with scenes of soul-altering hours on the march, fevered attempts to find safe haven after desertion by his own comrades, and bleak moments in a Washington military hospital, where Hayes encounters Walt Whitman, a gray-bearded eccentric who visits the ward daily and becomes his strongest advocate. This timeless story, whose outcome hinges on friendships forged in crisis, reminds us that the injuries of war are manifold and the healing goodness in the human soul runs deep and strong. For information about the Fortenbaugh Lecture, click here.