Programs & Events

The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences, June 23–29, 2019


Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia


In many ways, the issues that divided the nation during the Civil War era resonate today. Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War (2011) and The Confederate War (1997), will focus on the drama and tragedy of this tumultuous period, particularly 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.

Travel & Accommodations

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will reimburse up to $400 in travel expenses. Read the policy here.

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two major highways, Interstate 64 and US 29, intersect close to the university grounds. There are several options for traveling to and from Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is located approximately eight miles from the university. Airport Shuttles are available. A Goff Limo provides shuttle service from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to the University of Virginia and the surrounding areas.

The Charlottesville Amtrak station is located at 810 West Main Street, approximately two miles from the university.

A Greyhound Bus Terminal is also located in Charlottesville at 310 West Main Street, approximately 2.15 miles from the university and close to the Historic Downtown Mall.

For driving directions as well as further details visit the University of Virginia website.

Workshop participants will stay in an on-campus dormitory, Brown College, in single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. Dormitories are air-conditioned. Internet service is provided, but no cables. Participants should bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.

The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes, and extra towels and linens, if desired. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building, but participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.


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.


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

Course Reviews from Past Participants

“This was one of the best seminars I have ever attended. All of the speakers were excellent, and we could not have asked for a better master teacher.”

“This seminar was excellent; it was engaging, thought-provoking, and stimulating. I commend Gary Gallagher for his engaged presentation of the material and interactive nature of the classes and field trips. . . . I left the seminar inspired and eager to get back into the classroom and lesson planning! Thank you to everyone at Gilder Lehrman for providing me, and other teachers, with this incredibly inspirational and inspiring opportunity.”

“Professor Gallagher’s insights and knowledge broadened the depth of my knowledge and understanding of the Civil War. This was a great experience.”

“I received so many ideas and became so much more passionate about the use of primary sources and the way that history should be best taught and I couldn’t wait to get home to start planning lessons!”

“Gary Gallagher was phenomenal! All history teachers that teach the Civil War should attend this seminar. Even the most experienced teachers of the Civil War will broaden their content knowledge substantially.”


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

Seminar Year: 2018-2019