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Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer K–8 teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War.


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


Artifacts, photographs, and historic sites offer teachers new methods and materials to engage students of all ages and learning styles in the experiences and consequences of the Civil War. The “stuff of the past” can communicate how historical people imparted meaning to and created memories of the Civil War. This will be especially vivid when you visit the sites where some of the most famous photographs of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken, and read primary documents on the very ground where they were written nearly 150 years ago. This seminar focuses on educators working with K–8 students.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Civil War Institute.

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.. 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 sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and one towel. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, shower shoes, and a fitted sheet, if desired.

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.

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 College to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information please click here.

Course Reviews from Past 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!”

“I honestly don't know if I can truly express how amazing this seminar was! I am unsure if I can fully describe the impact this experience rewarded me with. My schema for the Civil War was minimal. Sadly I knew the basics. However, after spending a week learning under Peter Carmichael and brilliant colleagues I learned AND understood so much more!"

“Professor Carmichael's enthusiasm for the topic is contagious. His command of material and wealth of information made our tromps through the battlefield engaging and interesting.”


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

June 25th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 1st, 2017 9:00 AM
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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