Programs & Events

Gettysburg: History and Memory, July 7–13, 2019


Allen C. Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era / Director, Civil War Era Studies, Gettysburg College


No Civil War battle has quite the resonance of Gettysburg. The battle near the Pennsylvania town was the last solid chance for the breakaway Southern states to win the war and their independence. The resulting defeat was the beginning of the end for the Confederate States of America. Gettysburg is also remembered for the 272 words Abraham Lincoln uttered four months later at the dedication of the national cemetery. Through the experiences of soldiers and civilians and an understanding of the battlefield itself, we will come to know Gettysburg as a hinge event in the development of American democracy.

Travel & Accommodations

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will reimburse up to $400 in travel expenses. Read the policy hereGettysburg College is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The closest and most convenient airports are Harrisburg International Airport (a 45-minute drive) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (a 75-minute drive). The college provides shuttle service to campus from many of the major transportation hubs in the area. Call Transportation Services, 717-337-6923, to make arrangements.

The Harrisburg Amtrak Station is about 45 minutes from campus. Again, the college provides shuttle service so long as you call ahead.

If you plan to drive, the Gettysburg College website will provide you with detailed instructions.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus housing in private bedrooms with a shared common bathroom and common space. The rooms are air-conditioned. The college will provide sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and one towel. You are welcome to bring your own fitted sheets. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.

Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a college cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation and travel reimbursement before applying.

Course Reviews from Past Participants

“Dr. Allen Guelzo was amazing. He is scholarly and yet easily approachable. He truly believes in the mission of public education and cares considerably about providing educators with the tools to enhance learning in our classrooms. Bravo to Dr. Guelzo.”

“The Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar ‘Gettysburg: History and Memory’ was an excellent opportunity to learn directly from Dr. Allen Guelzo, spend several days visiting and interacting with the battlefield itself, and to interact with other accomplished teachers. Dr. Guelzo’s mastery of the narratives and primary sources and the centrality of place were excellent and of tremendous value to me and will be of great value to my students for years to come.”

“This was an outstanding seminar. I learned a great deal, and would recommend attendance to the Gettysburg Civil War Seminar to my co-workers.”


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

Seminar Year: 2018-2019