The Future of Civil War History

    Are you interested in the future of Civil War history? Would you like to hike Pickett’s Charge field, explore civilian stories in downtown Gettysburg, or discuss memory of the

David Blight

David Blight

war? Are you intrigued by the relationship between historians and reenactors, or the explosion of new scholarship on emancipation? Would you like to join in conversation about the environmental history of the Civil War, the future of battlefield preservation, or efforts to internationalize our understanding of the war? 
    This coming March Gettysburg College and the National Park Service will co-sponsor The Future of Civil War History conference, featuring one of the greatest assemblies of Civil War historians of our time. The three-day program, which will be held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013, will devote itself to exploring new ways

John Hennessy.  NPS

John Hennessy. NPS

the historical community can make the Civil War past more engaging, more accessible, and more usable to public audiences as we look beyond the 150th commemorations and to the future of Civil War history. Built around a wide variety of panels, presentations, working groups and field experiences, The Future of Civil War History will feature over 150 speakers, including David Blight, Brooks Simpson, Nina Silber, Pete Carmichael, Stephen Berry, Leslie Gordon, Mark Smith, Karen Cox, Scott Hartwig and John Hennessy.  
    Although the conference is designed to benefit people engaged in the work of public history, anyone interested in Civil War history and its future will find this conference fascinating and engaging. It is a unique opportunity the likes of which come along only rarely.  
    Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending I strongly encourage you to register by January 15. For registration information and a draft program, please visit the conference website: http://www.cwfuture150.com. Questions? Email  civilwar@gettysburg.edu.

D. Scott Hartwig

p.s. My next post will conclude the Gettysburg POW series.

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