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Explore how the immigration, industrialization, and class struggle of the Gilded Age—from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the twentieth century—created the foundation for the modern United States.


Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University


The Gilded Age—from the end of the Civil War to roughly the turn of the twentieth century—is today one of the most fruitful sources of new scholarship. Encompassing the so-called Greater Reconstruction in the West and the South, mass immigration, industrialization, violent class conflict, transformative new technologies, and explosive growth, the era created the foundation for the modern United States. Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, will examine the era in its own right and also explore the larger pedagogical problem of how to learn from this past without turning it into a mirror for the present.

Travel & Accommodations

The Stanford campus is located in California between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its 8,180 acres reach from the rural foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the bustling Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Jose and San Francisco airports. There are many shuttle companies providing transportation from both, and taxis serve the Stanford campus as well. You can also reach the University Avenue Station in Palo Alto via the Cal Train. To do this take the #65 bus from San Jose Airport to Santa Clara Station, or the SFO Cal Train Shuttle from San Francisco Airport to Millbrae.

Stanford University provides detailed driving instructions as well as further advice on public transportation and the university’s own shuttle system, Marguerite.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus dormitories. Participants will be provided with bedding and towels only and should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, shampoo, hair dryers, kitchen utensils, etc. Every room is equipped with an Internet connection, but cables are not provided. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a university 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

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.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.

Course Reviews from Past Participants

“I cannot fully do justice to the amazingly stimulating week I spent at the Gilded Age seminar. Richard White really seemed to give us his all in terms of energy, scholarship and engagement. And when we are talking about someone of his stature, that is saying a lot! He provided an interesting framework that informed our discussion of the readings and his presentation of various topics in the era. He was wonderfully approachable and took us as teachers seriously in a way that was both refreshing and inspiring.”

“Dr. White was exceptional. By framing the workshop around the themes of manhood, womanhood, and the home in the Gilded Age he made me think in new ways about the era and about my own personal understandings and beliefs. Each day he structured the class around questions that made me deepen my understanding and helped me link the different readings. The reading selections were carefully chosen and provided meaningful and historically accurate perspectives of leading individuals in the era. I really didn't want the seminar to end because it was so effective."


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July 30th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   August 5th, 2017 9:00 AM
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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