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 small group discussions, battlefield tours, lectures, and roundtables & panel conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus.
The 2017 CWI Conference will explore the Civil War era from all angles. Talks on soldiers’ dreams, Reconstruction –era political cartoons, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, myths and realities of Civil War battle tactics, Union POW escapees, and the generalship of William T. Sherman and Braxton Bragg are just a few of the programs that will invite our audiences to see the many sides of the war. In addition to offering a day of specialized tours of Gettysburg, we be visiting Cedar Mountain for the first time, as well as Mine Run. The always popular Dennis Frye will lead a tour into Mosby Country, and Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler will be heading to Antietam. This program offers something for everyone, even those who are new to Civil War history.
The CWI conference is noted for offering fresh perspectives and new angles on the Civil War by facilitating dialogue between experts and general audiences. In addition to those listed above, the 2017 faculty includes:
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: