CWI Fellows have been firing on all fronts in Fall 2018, producing original research for the Compiler and new soldier profiles for Killed at Gettysburg, curating a small exhibit on Civil War photography, and producing a series of short interpretive videos highlighting lesser-known aspects of the Gettysburg battlefield. These 5-minute videos created by Cameron Sauers ’21, Benjamin Roy ’21, and James Goodman ’20 will debut on the CWI Facebook page in late January. Sauers, Roy, and Goodman have also been working on curating a small exhibit on rare Civil War photography of the Gettysburg battlefield that will debut at the June 2019 CWI conference. Through original research and peer workshopping of their writing, the team has created an illuminating exhibit that explores 19th-century ideas about death, war, and the cultural impacts of the battle of Gettysburg.
Ryan Bilger ‘19, Jonathan Tracey ’18 (Fall), Zachary Wesley ’20, and Isaac Shoop ’21 have produced the first round of Confederate soldier profiles for the Killed at Gettysburg project site. More profiles will be forthcoming in the spring from our student Fellows and first-year KAG volunteers. Our student-run blog, The Compiler, has also been quite active this semester with a wide range of posts including originally researched material culture studies by Savannah Labbe ’18 (Fall) and Elizabeth Hobbs ’21, reviews of newly published books, scholarly lectures, and conferences held in the greater Gettysburg area, and Fellows’ reflections on their semester projects.
This December we said “bon voyage” to two of our CWI Fellows, Zachary Wesley ’20 and James Goodman ’20, who will both be studying abroad in the spring after a semester of excellent work in the Fellows program. We also said goodbye to two of our long-term CWI Fellows, Savannah Labbe and Jonathan Tracey, who will be graduating at the end of the semester. Both 3-year veterans of the Fellows program, they have written extensively for The Compiler, in addition to producing other quality public history projects, including soldier profiles for Killed at Gettysburg, and drafts for new interpretive waysides to be erected at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Hear Savannah’s and Jon’s reflections on their tenure as CWI Fellows in their respective “Fellows Fridays” interviews with Ryan Bilger ’19 on our Facebook page. We will miss you, Savannah and Jon, and we look forward to seeing where your careers take you after Gettysburg!