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Peter S. Carmichael, Director, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College


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:

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.

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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 so long as you call ahead.

If you plan to drive, the Gettysburg College website will provide you with detailed instructions.

Workshop participants will be housed 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.


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.

Travel reimbursement

Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.

Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar. Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses. Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.

Graduate credit

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.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 7th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 13th, 2013 9:00 AM
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA
United States

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