public speaker & tour guide

I’m being entirely truthful when I say that yours was the most enthralled audience I’ve ever witnessed here. I was sitting way in back, so I could literally see everyone, and no one squirmed, no watches were checked, not a single yawn! Instead, heads were nodding, people turned to each other to corroborate your remarks, they chuckled at your humor. You’re a good teacher!Gracelaw Simmons, Royall House & Slave Quarters

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as an educator and public historian is the opportunity to share my love of history with a wide range of audiences. Over the past fifteen years I have delivered talks at academic conferences, Civil War round tables, history education workshops, schools and a host of other settings throughout much of the country.

Unless otherwise noted, all upcoming dates are in support of my latest book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule an event.


  • January 15: Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI. (more info.)
  • January 24: Harrisburg Civil War Round Table, Book Talk and Signing, Harrisburg, PA. (more info.)
  • February 4: Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY. (more info.)
  • February 10: University of Maryland at College Park. (more info.)
  • February 15: National Civil War Center, Harrisburg, PA. (more info.)
  • February 19: Mitchell-McPherson Memorial Lecture at Troy University, AL.
  • February 20: Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL.
  • March 21: Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA. (more info.)
  • March 27: Boston Civil War Round Table, Waltham, MA.
  • April 16: Auburn University Library, Auburn, AL.
  • April 16: Auburn University, Pebble Hill, Auburn, AL.
  • April 18: New England Historical Association, panel discussion on teaching hard history, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.
  • April 28: Baltimore Civil War Round Table, Baltimore, MD. (more info.)
  • May 2 & 9: Teacher workshop on Reconstruction, Lynn County Schools, Lynn, MA.
  • June 8: Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table, Michigan. (more info.)
  • June 12-17: Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA. (more info.)
  • July 13: American Civil War Museum/NEH grant supported summer teachers institute on emancipation, Richmond, VA. (more info.)
  • July 21-26: Monuments, Memorials, and How We Remember the Civil War Today/Teacher Workshop, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C. (more info.)
  • August 13: Old Baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia. (more info.)
  • September 14: Remembering Boston’s Fugitive Slaves, Hyde Park Public Library, Boston, MA.
  • October 11: North Shore (General Lander) Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.


  • April 28: Central Massachusetts Civil War Round Table.
  • July 12: American Civil War Museum/NEH grant supported summer teachers institute on emancipation, Richmond, VA. (more info.)

Excellent! I have been involved with studying U.S. History since the 4th grade, taught it for two decades, and was a History Department chair for nearly ten years. With all of that, I sat there enraptured and completely enveloped in your presentation. Thanks for giving all of us much to think about.”Ralph Van Inwagen, Assistant Head of School, Gann Academy

Working With Students at Ashley Hall School in Charleston on the Confederate Monument Controversy

Kevin is a veteran member of the Civil War Institute summer conference faculty, and is one of the most versatile speakers in our bullpen. Over the past few years, he’s led breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics, participated in panel discussions on the main stage, and facilitated small-group investigations of primary source materials. He’s also worked closely with our high school student scholarship program, leading intensive discussions on historical memory and history and new media. Kevin’s programs are extremely popular with our attendees.Jill Titus, Assistant Director, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

Tour Guide

Leading a tour at Petersburg National Battlefield

There is no better opportunity for students and the general public to connect with the the past than when on site with a guide who can share what took place and encourage thoughtful reflection. I have led students to some of the most important historical sites of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Montgomery, Jackson, and Memphis. I also regularly guide students and teachers to Civil War sites in Richmond, Washington, D.C. as well as popular battlefields in Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Sharpsburg.

Here in Boston I offer tours of the city’s Civil War monuments to the general public as well as history educators and students.

Have questions or want to check my availability? Contact me here.