The Interpretive Possibilities of Pickett’s Charge

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Civil War Institute


This field experience, jointly led by a National Park Service historian/interpreter and a history professor, explored different approaches to creating new interpretive experiences on the field of Pickett’s Charge. Drawing on different models, leaders and participants explored the strengths and limitations of an increased focus on on-the-spot dialogue with visitors, strategies for “reading” a commemorative landscape in partnership with visitors, and the possibilities and pitfalls of inviting discussion of contemporary issues.


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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