2021 Civil War Institute Summer Conference

Note: Due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal, state, and college regulations about large gatherings, we have unfortunately made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s originally slated conference. There will be no in-person conference this year. All previously registered attendees will receive a full refund of their deposits.

2021 Conference

While we realize that a virtual conference event can never replicate the experience of in-person lectures, small group discussions, and battlefield excursions, it remains a high priority for us to provide quality programming for our loyal attendees and to allow for continued engagement between the CWI and the general public. Thus, we will be hosting a virtual event running from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13. This event will feature interactive talks, roundtable discussions, and interviews with scholars, as well as pre-recorded interpretive battlefield experiences, which will be followed-up by live Q&A sessions with the guides. Attendees will be able to engage with the scholars and guides through the assigned event link which will enable them to submit questions and comments during the livestreams.

This virtual event is free of charge; however pre-registration is required, and donations to our new student experience fund are greatly appreciated. This fund is devoted to providing new professional opportunities for Gettysburg College students in the field of battlefield preservation and historical preservation. The fund will also support the expansion of the CWI’s high school scholarship program, which enables gifted high school students from around the country—and across the globe—to attend the CWI’s annual summer conference at minimal cost.


Please contact civilwar@gettysburg.edu or call Heather Miller at 717-337-6590.

Curious about what it’s like to attend the Civil War Institute summer conference? Watch the video below to learn what sets the CWI apart, and what you can expect as an attendee:

Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College

See what you can expect as an attendee!
A large group of people walking accross the field