The Civil War Institute (CWI) Fellows program provides a range of professional and academic experiences, allowing Gettysburg College students to develop new skills and expand their career options. Meet the 2019-2020 CWI Fellows!
The Fellows program is a unique opportunity for students interested in history to participate in a shared intellectual experience and take advantage of the unique resources provided by Gettysburg’s distinctive historical location. The program offers students a valuable opportunity to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone their skills as an historian, interpreter, researcher, and writer. CWI Fellows work at least five hours a week, expanding their knowledge of the long Civil War era through facilitated discussion, experiential learning opportunities on the battlefield and in local museums, and, at times, participation in digital and video projects.
The CWI offers a range of public programming throughout the academic year. CWI Fellows who are so inclined have the opportunity to meet some of the top scholars in the field while helping assist with the planning and social media coverage of events such as the Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture.
The 2019-2020 Fellows have been busy working on a variety of projects, including conducting primary source research for the Killed at Gettysburg digital history project, creating short interpretive videos on the Gettysburg battlefield, conducting video interviews with noted Civil War scholars and battlefield guides, facilitating the CWI’s online Civil War Book Club, researching and writing short scholarly pieces for the CWI’s student blog, the Gettysburg Compiler, and transcribing Civil War soldiers’ letters for preservation in the College library’s Special Collections.
In addition to expanding upon previous research, writing, and interpretive digital projects, new opportunities for the 2020-21 Fellows will include small-scale student-directed battlefield experiences created by Fellows for their peers, battlefield visits, field discussions, and group discussions of scholarly essays and books with CWI staff and faculty, behind-the-scenes tours of local historical sites and museums, and career conversations with local public history professionals.