Civil War Institute

The Civil War Institute (CWI) brings together Gettysburg College students, general audiences, and scholars in an ongoing dialogue about the history of the Civil War era through public programming, student internship and fellowship programs, digital scholarship, teaching, curriculum management, and academic research. The college’s minors in Civil War Era Studies (CWES) and Public History are administered out of CWI.

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 college campus. The 2023 conference will include sessions and tours led by Harold Holzer, Catherine Clinton, Craig Symonds, Caroline Janney, Lorien Foote, and more. Learn more about the conference.