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.


  • April 24: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts, Holden, MA.
  • June 14: “The Last Confederate Monuments: The Myths and Lies We Tell About Loyal Slaves and Black Confederates,” Auburn University. (more info.)
  • July 21-26, Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction and Historical Memory, Ford’s Theater, Washington, D.C. (more info.)
  • August 7-9: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA. (more info.)
  • September 10: Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA. (more info.)
  • September 16: Skype discussion about Civil War memory with San Diego school.
  • September 18: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA. (more info.)
  • September 24: National Archives, Washington, D.C. (more info.)
  • September 25: Teacher Workshop on monuments and memorials at American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Virginia. (more info.)
  • September 26: Hood College (co-sponsored with The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, Frederick, MD. (more info.)
  • September 30: University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD. (more info.)
  • October 1: Virginia Museum of History & Culture, co-sponsored with American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Virginia. (more info.)
  • October 22: Skype discussion about Searching for Black Confederates with class at Charleston College.
  • October 24: Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, Cambridge, MA. (more info.)
  • October 25: Skype discussion about Searching for Black Confederates with class at Austin Peay State University.
  • October 28: North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC.
  • October 29: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • October 30: Fly Leaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC. (more info.)
  • November 4: Royall House & Slave Quarters, Medford, MA (more info.)
  • December 11: Interview with Civil War Talk Radio.
  • December 15: “Myth and Memory in Charlottesville’s Confederate Monuments,” St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville, Virginia.


  • 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.
  • February 10: University of Maryland at College Park.
  • February 15: National Civil War Center, Harrisburg, PA.
  • February 18: Mitchell-McPherson Memorial Lecture at Troy University, AL.
  • February 20: Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL.
  • March 18-22: Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA. (more info.)
  • March 27: Boston Civil War Round Table, Waltham, MA.
  • October 11: North Shore (General Lander) Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
  • April 16: Auburn University Library, Auburn, AL.
  • April 16: Auburn University, Pebble Hill, Auburn, AL.
  • 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, Richmond, VA.
  • 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.)
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.