A recent conference hosted by Gettysburg College, “The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th” was covered on FOX 43 on March 18.
From FOX 43:
Some of the world’s top Civil War experts converged on Gettysburg College this weekend for the conference, “The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th.” They talked about everything from the Oscar-nominated film, “Lincoln” to creating video game content and even ghost tours, along with issues of making Civil War exhibits, tours and educational materials more inclusive. One of the main goals here: weaving more stories of women and African-Americans into the fabric of America’s Civil War remembrance.
Conference panelists agreed that while the new movie “Lincoln” may not be perfect when it comes to its telling of Civil War history (for instance, two lawmakers in Conn. were portrayed as voting against the 13th Amendment when they actually voted “for” it), they agreed its story of showing the issue of slavery as central to the entire war was a step in the right direction.
Noted author and Yale University Professor David Blight led a panel on “Interpreting Issues of Civil War Memory for the Classroom and Museum Audiences.” Blight was just one of many big names in the field who traveled to Pennsylvania for the conference: Mark Smith, Cathy Stanton, Ed Linenthal, Stephen Berry, Tiya Miles, and Kirk Savage were some others who have written best-selling books and have won awards for their research into the Civil War.