Public Speaker, Tour Guide & Adviser

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job has been the opportunity to share my love of history with a wide range of audiences. Over the past ten 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.

I do my best to ensure that all of my presentations and workshops are as entertaining and as educational as possible.

A few of the organizations that I have worked with over the years…

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Current Keynote Talk

  • The History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag
    Perfect for schools and other institutions that are dealing with this divisive subject as well as the general public. This talk explores the history of the Confederate flag and how different groups of Americans have interpreted its meaning over the past 150 years. It is highly interactive and offers the audience the opportunity to share their thoughts in a way that promotes open communication.

Selected Speaking Topics

  • Do You Really Want to Use That Website For Your History Essay?
  • Teaching Reconstruction with Primary Sources
  • Boston’s Civil War
  • The Battle of the Crater in History and Memory
  • The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier
  • The Civil War Centennial and Sesquicentennial
  • Using Hollywood to Teach History (fact and fiction)

Looking for something else? Let’s work together to customize a talk that works for your audience.

2017-18 Speaking Engagments

  • June 21, 2017: NEH/Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, GA.
  • July 23-28, 2017: Ford’s Theatre Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction, Washington, D.C.
  • December 5, 2017: “Monuments & Historical Memory,” Teacher Workshop, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
  • January 16, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Cranston, RI.
  • January 19, 2018: Skype discussion with Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI.
  • February 1, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” New Trier Public School, Chicago Ill.
  • February 9, 2018: “Understanding Confederate Monuments in the Wake of Charlottesville,” General Lander Civil War Round Table, Lynn, MA.
  • February 28, 2018: Webinar, “Contested Monuments and Contested Civic Spaces in the United States, 1865 to the 21st Century,” National Humanities Center, w/Prof. W. Fitzhugh Brundage.
  • March 17, 2018: “Monuments & Historical Memory,” Teacher Workshop, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
  • April 19, 2018: Keynote Address, National Council of History Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • April 21, 2018: Teaching Reconstruction and Historical Memory w/Ford’s Theatre Staff at National Council for History Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • July 2018: “Reconstruction in History and Memory” Teacher Workshop, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
  • July 22-17, 2018: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction and historical memory at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.


Check Out These Reviews

JOT_river“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

Ralph D. Van Inwagen (2)“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


skypeCalling All History Teachers: An easy way to connect me with your students is through Skype. Over the past few years I have talked with students at the St. Anne’s – Belfield School, Columbia University, Marquette University High School, Lynchburg College, Indiana University, University of Virginia at Wise, and Skidmore College.