Student work on CWI’s digital history project, Killed at Gettysburg is propelled by four student Fellows and several first-year volunteers commencing research for multiple new soldier profiles. In 2018-19, we will not only be adding profiles for new Union soldiers, but will also develop our first profiles for Confederate soldiers killed in the battle. Sophomore CWI Fellow and KAG contributor, Benjamin Roy will also be drafting a new official landing page for the KAG website that will help orient digital visitors to the site as well as to the project’s larger goals. Be sure to check back regularly on the KAG website for updates throughout the semester!
Local resident and avid historic photograph collector and scholar, Ron Perisho has once again generously agreed to share his Civil War photography collection with Gettysburg students and assist them with new scholarly projects studying visual culture during the Civil War era. During the 2018-19 academic year, CWI Fellows will be using images from Ron’s collection to curate a small exhibit featuring rare photographs of Civil War era Gettysburg that will be on display during the June, 2019 CWI conference. Fellows will also consult Ron’s collection in their research and writing about Civil War era material culture for The Gettysburg Compiler.
From 2016-2018, small groups of CWI Fellows under the direction of CWI faculty partnered with Gettysburg National Military Park to draft text and identify images and primary sources for new interpretive waysides located at various locations throughout the park.Combining field studies, historiographical frameworks, and secondary source readings with research trips to park archives and other repositories, students crafted text, photos, and captions for new waysides to be placed on Little Round Top, Cemetery Hill, and Barlow's Knoll, as well as near the Virginia Memorial and along West Confederate Avenue. In Spring 2018, the final semester of the project, Abby Cocco ’19 and Zach Wesley ’20 tackled a wayside interpreting General Alfred Iverson’s ill-fated Confederate assaults along Oak Ridge on July 1, 1863, while seniors Jeff Lauck and Dan Wright (pictured here with Gettysburg NMP’s Chief of Interpretation and Gettysburg College ’06 alum, Chris Gwinn) created new wayside for the Abram Brian house, the home of a free African American who lived on Cemetery Ridge during the time of the battle and a heavily-trafficked spot near the the end of the the park's auto tour route.
Over the course of spring semester 2016, students in Jill Ogline Titus’s Introduction to Public History class collaboratively curated a digital exhibit on campus protest in the Vietnam War era. The student curators were charged with the responsibility of developing an exhibit that would provide historical and interpretive context for a collection housed in Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library and support staff’s efforts to share the rich materials located in Special Collections & College Archives with a broader public audience. The exhibit features pamphlets, buttons, newspaper clippings, and other materials from the library’s MS-036 Radical Pamphlets, 1965-1975 collection. Working collaboratively, students developed an interpretive framework for the exhibit, selected materials for inclusion and prepared them for use on the web, wrote the exhibit narrative and captions, created metadata and video to enhance the interpretation, customized the exhibit design, and installed the exhibit. The exhibit was built in WordPress and utilizes Omeka; it represents an ongoing partnership between Musselman Library, the Civil War Institute, and the Gettysburg College Educational Technology Office. Browse the exhibit.
Over the course of the semester, students in Peter Carmichael's Fall 2011 Introduction to Public History course completed walking tour podcasts. The goal of each group was to explore how different people can attach radically different meanings to the same historical place.
"The 1913 Gettysburg Reunion tries to explore how the battlefield was not only the sight of fighting but of a reunion of combatants, most of whom had radically different versions of the Civil War, and of unrealized African American social and political advancement in the war's aftermath. One of the greatest challenges for our group was simply trying to create a visual image of what was happening in Gettysburg in 1913. Although most of the reunion's activities took place on the battlefield and thus on ground that was sure to be preserved, no physical evidence of the massive reunion remains." (Brian Johnson, '14)
Creating these podcasts gave the students a taste of the truly collaborative nature of public history projects. "The podcast project was a true example of learning the practice of public history from the inside-out. We were, by intention and design, faced with a great challenge, especially at the undergraduate level. In addition to mastering material and information for the podcast content, we had to juggle the schedules and personalities of our group members, knowing that individual efforts would reflect on the entire group." (Mary Roll '12)
Check out links to the podcasts below!
From Behind the Lines of Retreat: Pennsylvania College During the Battle of Gettysburg
A Sharpshooter's Tale: How Photography Distorted History at Devil's Den
Behind the Bunting: The 1913 Gettysburg Reunion
From Guns to Ginsburg: Gettysburg College in the 1960s