For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted an annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for battlefield tours, small group discussions, lectures, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus. The 2018 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of topics, including prisoner of war experiences, Meade’s leadership at Gettysburg, Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, slave medicine, and the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. In addition to touring the Gettysburg battlefield, participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other nearby battlefields and historic sites on tours that will explore photography at Antietam, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, Second Manassas, and more. New additions to the 2018 conference include special Saturday evening tours of the Gettysburg battlefield, “lunch-in” discussions with CWI faculty, and faculty-led discussions about Civil War movies. The 2018 conference will offer something for everyone, from longtime students of the Civil War to those who are new to Civil War history.
Curious about what it's like to attend the Civil War Institute summer conference? Watch the video below to learn what sets the CWI apart, and what you can expect as an attendee: