I just found out the other day that I won a prestigious Public Historian scholarship to attend the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College 2014 Summer Conference from June 20 to June 25. I am absolutely ecstatic about attending and cannot thank the Civil War Institute enough for offering me this wonderful opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the war and network with some of the brightest Civil War scholars in the field. It is truly an honor.
Last year I attended the Civil War Institute’s “The Future of Civil War History” conference and participated on a panel about teaching Civil War history in the k-12 classroom. It was my first time at Gettysburg and the experience was transformative from a personal standpoint. I spent an extensive amount of time on the Gettysburg battlefield (my first time at a major Civil War battlefield) and I got to meet a lot of fellow graduate students and professionals in the field. I’m graduating from IUPUI on May 11, so this time I’ll be coming as a new professional (stay tuned for more on that front).
The Summer Conference proves to be an absolute blast. There a lot of exciting panels about the war in 1864 and two days of jam-packed battlefield tours on the 23rd and 24th. We are going to Virginia to visit prominent 1864 battlefield sites and on the 24th we’ll be learning more about individual soldiers and their experiences at the Gettysburg battlefield. There are a wide range of tours to select from on both days and I have no idea which ones to pick right now, but I have no doubt that all of them are going to be top notch. As a scholarship award winner I also have the opportunity to mentor a handful of Gettysburg graduate students looking to break into the field of public history, which is sort of funny because I was in their position only a year ago :). I can’t wait!