Ghosts and Generals: Theatricality, Dark Tourism, and the Ghost Tour Industry

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Civil War Institute


This roundtable explored the growing popularity of ghost tours and paranormal experiences at historic sites, offering an interdisciplinary look at the mechanics and appeal of ghost tourism, the reasons for its popularity, and its relationship to the public practice of history.


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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