There are still a few slots available for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. I have attended the past five years as a speaker, but I spend most of my time as a student listening to some of the top historians in the field and conversing with fellow Civil War enthusiasts, who are just as interested in this history. There is something invigorating about this particular institute and it has everything to do with the work that Peter Carmichael, Jill Ogline Titus and the rest of the staff put into organizing this conference.
Your week is comprised of presentations, group discussions and battlefield tours. As in years past, this summer features some heavy hitters, including T.J. Stiles, Harold Holzer, Ken Noe, Brooks Simpson, and John Coski. One difference this year is that the program is not focused on a particular year or subject, which gives you a much wider range of talks/presentations to choose from.
If you are reading this blog and have never attended CWI, I encourage you to check out their website and consider attending if you have the time and financial means. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year, but I hope to return next year. I will miss not having the opportunity to catch up with the many friends that I have made over the years, but even more I will miss that shot of adrenaline that reminds me of why I find this period in American history to be so interesting.