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Vicksburg NMP Brings Back Black Powder

by ECW Correspondent Katherine Duffek Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see and hear cannon and musket fire in real life instead of just in the movies? Well, at Vicksburg National Military Park, visitors can go … Continue reading

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The Valley Forge Summer of the American Battlefield Trust

I’m in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for a few days, for the American Battlefield Trust’s Teachers Institute. Nearly 200 teachers have come here from all across the country, from as far as Huntington Beach, California, and Sturgis, South Dakota. I’ve chatted … Continue reading

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The Question I Could Not Answer

She stood there, staring at the minie ball in her tiny hand and feeling the weight of that original bullet. I was busy talking to the other children and adults at the medical display table and keeping an eye on … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 8/14-8/20/17

What was the first Civil War battlefield or site you visited? (And – if you want to tell – how old were you during that first visit?)

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Those Seconds Repay Hours Of Research

Earlier this year, I arrived at a genealogy society to give a presentation on Civil War Medicine. I set up my laptop and PowerPoint, projecting my presentation cover image on the large screens. While waiting for the meeting to come … Continue reading

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Getting More Young People Interested in the Civil War: Some Suggestions

During a recent panel discussion at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, several of us from ECW pondered a question we all hear these daysL “How do we get more young people interested in the Civil War?” My colleagues offered a lot … Continue reading

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Teaching 8th Graders Through Civil War Living History

How do we teach and inspire the next generation to value history? It’s a question looming in the minds of many in the history field. Museums, National Parks, historical sites, and organizations are trying a variety of ways to engage … Continue reading

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association

For Kevin Pawlak, history is a story. And much like tales of princesses and knights, he said historic accounts have the ability to impassion people, too. Pawlak, education specialist for the Mosby Heritage Area Association, said the organization focuses on … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part one)

part one of five In June, Emerging Civil War ran a series called “The Future of Civil War History,” inspired by the June issue of the academic journal Civil War History. We kicked off that series with an interview with … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Dwight Hughes

The past is a dim timescape receding into increasing darkness behind us, irregularly illuminated by the historical record. The future stretches before, obscured by an opaque screen upon which we project dreams, fears, and our perceptions of possibilities. We stand … Continue reading

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