The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture is presented each year on November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The goal of the lecture is to speak to the literate general public without abandoning solid scholarly moorings. The series was sustained during its first two decades by an endowment contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde B. Gerberich of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania, in honor of Professor Fortenbaugh, who taught history at Gettysburg from 1923 until his death in 1959.
In 1997, Jeff Shaara, the critically acclaimed best-selling author, established The Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. This prize is named in honor of his father, the author of the novel The Killer Angels. In 2005, the Prize moved to the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. A $5,000 prize is awarded annually at Gettysburg.
Every summer for the last thirty years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted a summer conference where public audiences and leading historians come together for small group discussions, battlefield tours, and panel presentations. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus. Visit the Summer Conference page for more details and registration.