Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Future of Civil War History Primers

The Conference on the Future of Civil War History starts this Thursday at Gettysburg College, and many of the panelists and speakers have posted some interesting thoughts online in advance of the gathering:

A while back Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory posted some ideas on the future of USCT interpretation at Civil War Sites.

Eric J. Mink discusses the challenges of battlefield rehabilitation at Lee's Hill on the Fredericksburg Battlefield on the Mysteries and Conundrums blog.

John Rudy's Interpreting the Civil War Blog examines the challenges Park Rangers face as interpreters tasked with creating meaningful experiences for visitors to Civil War sites.

And finally, Professor Stephen Berry offers 10 predictions on how broader professional trends will reshape Civil War historiography in the coming decades.

The conference will bring over a hundred historians to Gettysburg to discuss the future of Civil War interpretation, against the backdrop of the destruction of part of Civil War interpretation's past - the Cyclorama. It should be a thought provoking weekend.

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