Since 2011, CWI’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program has provided opportunities for Gettysburg College students to do paid work on the frontlines of history, interning at a wide range of museums, national parks, and historical organizations. In November 2014, representatives from 8 host sites came to Gettysburg to interview applicants for positions for the 2015 summer season. In the wake of the interviews, 21 students have been awarded Pohanka positions. In addition to providing frontline interpretation at their host parks and sites, intern projects for 2015 will range from exploring Thaddeus Stevens’ relationship to Gettysburg College to investigating the historic landscape of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend from the CWI and free on-site housing at their respective parks/museums. More information about the Pohanka program available here.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
Under the leadership of Managing Editor Heather Clancy ‘15, the Civil War Institute’s blog, The Gettysburg Compiler, has had a banner year, reaching new heights of readership and visitor engagement with posts. Over the course of the fall semester, student writers for the blog have experimented with a variety of new formats, including Warpinion editorials, Archival Adventures, Battlefield Correspondence reports from Oak Ridge and the Virginia Memorial, and Point/Counterpoint pieces on topics ranging from Civil War reenacting to lecture reviews. Old favorites, such as the video series “Special Collections Roadshow,” have also returned to the pages of the Compiler, bringing new episodes dedicated to investigating war-related artifacts housed in Musselman Library’s Special Collections & College Archives. Student writers have brought their training as historians to topics such as the commercialism of Gettysburg, battlefield art and monuments, the ghost tour industry, Civil War music, the “dark turn” in Civil War scholarship, popular memory of Stonewall Jackson, and the ethics of archival research, sparking and spurring new cyber-conversations about the interpretation and relevance of history in 21st-century society. Browse The Gettysburg Compiler.