First Year Experience Program

This all-volunteer program is open to any First-Year students seeking to hone their skills as historians and eager to connect with Civil War scholars and engage in fun, interactive explorations of the Gettysburg battlefield. The program offers: Field experiences exploring the history and interpretation of the Gettysburg battlefield, group discussions of short scholarly readings and primary source documents, group workshops on how to conduct a successful interpretive program, opportunities to learn and practice original research for the Killed at Gettysburg digital history project, and Zoom discussions with Civil War scholars and public historians to learn more about the Civil War era and the craft of public history, including preservation, interpretation, museum management & curation, and more. During the semester, students also often have the opportunity to present their own short interpretive program for their peers at a site on the battlefield of their choice. The program meets once-to-twice a month.