Civil War Public History Conference, March 14-16, 2013

Jill Ogiline Titus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg informs me that there is a special $75 student rate for this conference.  If you are interested in the Civil War, Public History, or both, I would encourage you to attend.  If a few of you want to go I would consider joining you or perhaps traveling down to Gettysburg together.  –JF

Are you interested in the future of Civil War history? Would you like to hike Pickett’s Charge field with James McPherson, explore civilian stories downtown Gettysburg with Margaret Creighton, or hear David Blight discuss memory of the 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?

If so, register today for the March 2013 The Future of Civil War History conference, co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College.

This highly conversational three-day program, which will be held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013, will devote itself to exploring new ways 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 James McPherson, Mark Smith, Nina Silber, Stephen Berry, Brooks Simpson, Tiya Miles, John Coski, Megan Kate Nelson, and Karen Cox.

Sessions include:

How Can Civil War Sites Offer a Usable Past During a Time of War?

Reinterpreting Civil War Monuments

Debating Battlefield Rehabilitation

New Media and the Future of Civil War History

Building a Dialogue Among Museum Professionals, Academics, and Civil War Re-enactors

Sites of Violence: New Approaches to Conflict Tourism

Slavery and Contraband History at Civil War Sites

Discussing Gender at Civil War Sites

Interactive History: Creating a Gaming Experience at Civil War Sites

Space is limited, so those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to register by January 15. For registration information and a draft program, please visit the conference website: Questions? Email

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