This seminar explores the many ways that teachers can utilize artifacts, photographs, and historical sites as a means to understand the revolutionary experiences and consequences of the Civil War. Participants will divide their time between the classroom, the Gettysburg battlefield, and various historic sites in town. Special attention will be given to the ways that the “stuff of the past” can communicate how historical people made different meanings and memories of the Civil War. We will visit the sites where some of the most famous photographs of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken, stand before monuments of great symbolic importance, and read primary documents on the very ground where they were written nearly 150 years ago. These field excursions, combined with lectures and small group discussions, promise to offer teachers new methods and materials that can in turn be used to inform and engage students of all ages and learning styles.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Civil War Institute.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Aldridge, Katherine M. No Freedom Shrieker: The Civil war Letters of Union Soldier Charles Freeman Biddlecome, 147th Regiment, New York State Volunteer Army. Paramount Market Publishing, 2011.
Travel & Accommodations
Gettysburg College is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The closest and most convenient airports are Harrisburg International Airport (a 45-minute drive) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (a 75-minute drive). The college provides shuttle service to campus from many of the major transportation hubs in the area. Call Transportation Services, 717-337-6923, to make arrangements.
The Harrisburg Amtrak Station is about 45 minutes from campus, and Penn Station in Baltimore is about 75 minutes away. Again, the college provides shuttle service if you call ahead.
If you plan to drive, the Gettysburg College website will provide you with detailed instructions.
Workshop participants will stay in on-campus housing, in a private bedroom with a shared common bathroom and common space. The rooms are air-conditioned. The college will provide you with sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and one towel. You are welcome to bring your own fitted sheets. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.
Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.
Meals will be served in a college cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State College to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information please click here.
Course Reviews from Summer 2013 Participants
“Amazing content and presentations. Supplemental handouts were ones that could be used anywhere. Not a wasted minute during the week.”
“The instructors were enthusiastic, energetic, and masters of their subject matter. All participants were kept engaged throughout. It was a memorable experience to be surrounded by teachers who were intelligent, inquisitive, and who had a passion for their craft. The seminar was outstanding!”
“This was my third Gilder Lehrman seminar and all three have exceeded my expectations. These seminars truly are professional development at its best. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History certainly lives up to its charge of promoting the study and love of American history!”
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.