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Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Dave Powell (Project Director: March 2013 to May 2017)
On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History and Memory

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the Battle of Gettysburg and its legacy.

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the Battle of Gettysburg and its legacy. These workshops immerse participants in an examination of a decisive battle of the Civil War. The week begins with discussion of the politics of slavery and the experiences of slaves that led to the Civil War. Participants then spend two days in close study of the battle and key battlefield sites before engaging in a close reading of the Gettysburg Address and discussion of the ways that the battle and the battlefield site have been commemorated over the past 150 years. In addition, participants visit nearby Underground Railroad sites, the David Wills House, and Soldiers' National Cemetery. Workshop scholars include Gettysburg College faculty members Dave Powell (education), Scott Hancock (history and Africana studies), and Allen Guelzo (history), as well as Glenn LaFantasie (Western Kentucky University), Carol Reardon (Pennsylvania State University), and Scott Hartwig (Gettysburg National Military Park). Readings are drawn from personal accounts of the battle and from secondary works by Gabor Boritt, James McPherson, Jim Weeks, Garry Wills, and project scholars Guelzo, Hancock, and LaFantasie. Participants also have the opportunity to explore Gettysburg College's extensive collection of primary sources related to the Civil War with Carolyn Sauter, director of special collections, in order to make use of them in the creation of classroom resources. These resources are to be made available on the workshop website. A viewing of portions of Ken Burns's The Civil War and a special screening of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln round out the week's activities.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Landmarks of American History and Culture

Education Programs

$169,341 (approved)
$152,702 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014