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Department 1

Civil War Institute


Every summer, we feature posts on the blog that provide a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to practice history on the frontlines at some of the nation’s leading Civil War sites. Our contributors – Gettysburg College students doing summer internships under the auspices of CWI’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program – share their experiences giving tours, talking with visitors, and working with historical artifacts, educational programs, and archival collections. This summer, we’ve asked our Pohanka interns to reflect on an assortment of questions dealing with Civil War monuments and historical memory, broadening interpretation at Civil War battlefield sites, social media outreach in museum settings, landscape restoration, changes in archival practice and the complicated relationship between memory, mythology, and the historical and archaeological record [excerpt].


This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.