The Civil War Institute (CWI) Fellows program provides a range of professional and academic experiences, allowing Gettysburg College students to develop new skills and expand their career options.
The CWI Fellows program offers students a valuable opportunity to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone their research and writing skills. CWI Fellows work at least five hours a week. In addition to assisting the CWI staff and Director Peter Carmichael with research projects and event planning, a central part of the fellowship is the unique opportunity to conduct independent research and write for a range of digital platforms. These include the student-authored blog, The Gettysburg Compiler, and a new digital project, Killed at Gettysburg, which chronicles and maps the lives of soldiers killed on the fields around town. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Fellows will also be usuing original, rare Civil War photographs to curate their own small photography exhibition, as well as developing short interpretive videos featuring specific parts of the Gettysburg battlefield, Gettysburg's Civil War civilians, and battlefield monuments for dissemination on CWI's social media platforms. Meet the 2018-19 CWI Fellows!
The CWI offers a range of public programming throughout the academic year. CWI Fellows have an opportunity to meet some of the top scholars in the field while helping assist with the planning and execution of events, such as the annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture.
In 2017-2018, CWI Fellows helped share stories of the Civil War with the public and with their peers at Gettysburg College. They created seven new soldier profiles for Killed at Gettysburg; worked with the National Park Service to draft four new interpretive waysides for Gettysburg National Military Park exploring the history and memory of battlefield monuments, elements of the July 1 Confederate assault, and the wartime experience of one of Gettysburg's African American civilians; and the produced 45 original blog posts on topics ranging from the culture of mourning and death during the Civil War, female war correspondents, the evolution of Civil War technology, and the history and legacy of the Confederate flag, to reflections on contemporary public history practices and the applicability of academic research to interpretation for the public. They also had the opportunity to meet top scholars and authors throughout the year, including Fortenbaugh Lecturer Thavolia Glymph, as well as interview leading Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, the 2017 Dedication Day speaker.
View photos from the November 2016 CWI/GRAB hike along the South Mountain gaps, site of the first major Civil War battle fought in Maryland (September 14, 1862).