Civil War Institute

Under the direction of Dr. Peter Carmichael, the Civil War Institute (CWI) engages with Gettysburg College students, general audiences, graduate students, and scholars in a dialogue about Civil War history through an interdisciplinary approach dedicated to public interpretation, historic preservation, public policy, teaching, and academic research. A primary part of its mission centers upon educating, mentoring, and providing professional opportunities for students of history. In support of that mission, through its Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program, CWI offers Gettysburg students opportunities to compete for stipendiary summer internships at a wide range of historic sites and museums. The CWI hosts on-campus interviews for summer internships with its institutional partners and through the generosity of the Pohanka Family, provides stipends and free housing for selected candidates. Through CWI’s Fellows Program, approximately 10 students per year are offered an opportunity to share their own research with a broad audience through writing essays about artifacts, historical events, and other aspects of Civil War history on the CWI’s student-authored blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. CWI also sponsors a wide array of conferences and public events, such as an annual summer conference that connects public audiences to new scholarship and key developments in the field of Civil War studies. In partnership with the History Department, CWI also sponsors the annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture, presented each year on November 19th, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.