Programs & Events

3-Day Regional (Tampa, FL), July 13-15: The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences

Due to the growing health crisis and restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will not be able to offer in-person Teacher Seminars this summer. We are working on an alternative offering for the summer. Please visit for updates.


Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, Emeritus; Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia


This seminar examines the tumultuous era of the American Civil War, with emphasis on the conflict’s origins, scope, and consequences. Through lectures, class discussion, and examination of historical texts, the instructors and participants will examine the central role of slavery, the ways in which military and civilian affairs intersected and influenced one another, the question of what the war left unresolved, and how Americans have remembered the conflict. In many ways, the issues that divided the nation during the Civil War era continue to resonate today. This seminar will seek to make those issues clear, while at the same time providing a sense of the drama and tragedy of this tumultuous period.

Seminar Policies

This seminar is one of four 3-day Regional Seminars being offered in 2020. Each 3-day seminar will offer topics ranging from the Founding Era through 9/11 with priority given to teachers in the region. This format allows teachers to receive high-quality professional development without traveling far from home.

This seminar will take place at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, which is accessible via the Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit (HART) #7 bus line and all lines utilizing the HART Marion Transit Center, along with stop #14 of the Pirate Water Taxi. If driving to the Straz Center, use the following directions:

  • If you are traveling north on I-275, take the Ashley Street/West Tampa Exit #44 (old exit 25) to downtown. Once on Ashley Drive, go to the first traffic light and turn right on Tyler Street and go a half-block to the Straz Center.
  •  If you are traveling south on I-275, take the Downtown East-West Exit #45A to downtown. Please note that the exit point for Downtown East-West Exit 45A is well in advance of the previous Ashley Drive Exit #44. Follow the Ashley Drive sign. Turn right on Tyler street and go a half-block to the Straz Center.
  • From the Orlando-Lakeland area, take I-4 west to I-275 South and take the Downtown East/West Exit #45A.
  • From I-75 North or South, take I-4 West to Tampa then to I-275 South. Take the Downtown East/West Exit #45A.
  • If you are coming via Bayshore Boulevard, go over the Platt Street bridge and turn left on Florida Avenue. Go straight 9 blocks, turn left on Tyler Street and drive three-and-a-half blocks to the Straz Center.
  • From the Crosstown or Lee Roy Selmon Expressway east-bound, take Kennedy Boulevard and turn right on to Florida Avenue. Turn left on Tyler Street and go three-and-a-half blocks to the Straz Center.
  • Meals

All on-campus meals (breakfast and lunch) will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation before applying.


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

Seminar Year: 2019-2020