How Can Civil War Sites Offer a Usable Past during a Time of War?

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Civil War Institute


This opening plenary session grappled with the question of how Civil War sites can use their landscapes and resources in ways that provide visitors usable tools for living – and participating in the democratic process – in a time a war.


This session was part of the Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th conference, which was jointly sponsored by the Civil War Institute, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg National Military Park and held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013. The conference drew approximately 450 attendees from all walks of the historical profession, as well as members of the general public.

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