Gettysburg Foundation Announces Great Conversations at Gettysburg, June 29-30 2018

Lectures and Panels about Citizenship and Leadership; Free and Open to Public

GETTYSBURG, Pa.--()--The Gettysburg Foundation today announced speaker line up for Great Conversations at Gettysburg. This free public education series will be filled with panels, lectures and thoughtful discussions about war and the legacy of war, as well as preservation of the battlefield.


Great Conversations at Gettysburg is sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, with support from the National Park Service. Saturday’s lectures cover topics such as why there was a battle at Gettysburg, sex in the Civil War, a comparison of the Civil War and WWII, the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights and the legacy of the Civil War. All programs will be taking place at the Gettysburg Foundation Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.


Friday June 29 at 7 p.m. What is the Role of Museums and the History Community?

  • Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwhite Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond
  • Ms. Christy Coleman is Chief Executive Officer, American Civil War Museum, Richmond

Saturday, June 30, 2018

9:00: The Underground Railroad: Why There Was a Battle at Gettysburg

  • Dr. Scott Hancock, Gettysburg College, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

10:00: Was it Cowardly to Check the Advance of Lee’s Army?

  • Professor Jonathan A. Noyalas, Director, McCormick Civil War Institute, Shenandoah University

11:00: Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography and the Making of American Morality

  • Dr. Judith Giesberg, Professor of History, Villanova University

Noon Panel Discussion: Little Round Top: Past, Present and Future - A Conversation with the National Park Service

  • Moderator: Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education
  • Panelists: John Heiser, Historian, Division of Interpretation and Education; Daniel Welch, Park Ranger, Interpretation and Education; Winona Peterson, Cultural Resources Program Manager; Zachary Bolitho, Chief of Resource Management

1:00: America’s Two Total Wars: The Civil War and WWII

  • Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy & Distinguished Visiting Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, U.S. Naval War College
  • Professor Jared Frederick, Department of History, Penn State Altoona

2:00: Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers

  • Mr. Tom McMillan, Vice-President of Communications, Pittsburg Penguins of the National Hockey League

3:00 Panel Discussion: The Whole World Was Watching: Gettysburg in Global Context

  • Moderator: Dr. Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History, Penn State
  • Panelists: Cecily Zander, PhD student; Mallory Huard, PhD student; Dr. Evan Rothera

4:00: Let Us Not Shrink Now: James Garfield, Civil Rights, and the Legacy of the Civil War

  • Dr. Todd Arrington, Site Manager, James A. Garfield National Historic Site

“Great Conversations at Gettysburg is the umbrella for what we hope will be a long-running series of thoughtful discussions here,” said Matthew C. Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “We hope to enjoin citizens in conversations on key topics, such as civility, preservation, literature, creativity, democracy and sustainability. The lessons of Gettysburg run in many directions.”

About The Gettysburg Foundation

The Gettysburg Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance. The Gettysburg Foundation has a strong focus on public education, and the preservation of land, monuments and artifacts.


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Gettysburg Foundation announced speaker line up for Great Conversations at Gettysburg June 29-30, a public education series.


Results Public Relations
Elyse Familant, 978-725-3637