An Interview with Gary Adelman

by fifer1863 on March 12, 2012

Here is a short video I did with Gary Adelman who is the Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust.  I shot this video a while back and just found it so I thought I would share.





Discussion of the urgent need to provide teachers with the tools necessary to effectively teach the American Civil War is hardly new.  The study of history is at risk and with it invaluable reading, writing, and problem solving skills.  As part of our mission, the Civil War Preservation Trust strives to expand knowledge and appreciation of our rich American Civil War history.  It is essential for our organization and society that we foster the study of history in order for the development of future scholars, historians, and preservationists.

For these reasons, and in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Civil War Studies, we are proud to offer the ninth annual CWPT Teacher Institute, a highly acclaimed, free professional development that focuses on the American Civil War.

This year’s program will be held July 16–18, 2010 in Hagerstown, Md., when teachers will partake in lectures, workshops, discussions and battlefield tours. Through this experience, teachers will gain a greater knowledge of the Civil War and acquire new methods and techniques for passing that knowledge on to students.

The CWPT Teacher Institute is an intensive three-day experience that prepares teachers to deliver thoughtful, engaging instruction.  Teachers will attend their choice of nine workshops presented by teachers, education professionals and historians.  The workshops will provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the complex content of the Civil War while presenting the latest techniques for history instruction.

Teachers will take part in lectures presented by three world renowned authors and historians: James “Bud” Robertson, Gary Gallagher, and Jeff Shaara.  Attending teachers will also take part in a panel discussion on Using Technology to Teach the Civil War. The panel will bring together popular blog authors: Jim Beeghley, Kevin Levin, Eric Miller,, and Rob Shenk, director of web development at CWPT.

This year’s excursion will focus on Gettysburg National Military Park, allowing all attendees to tour the new museum and visitor center, with its exhibits and multimedia presentations, view the newly restored Cyclorama, and tour the National Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  In addition, teachers will attend their choice of three battlefield tours: Little Round Top with National Park Service  Ranger, Scott Hartwig, Pickett’s Charge with National Park Service Ranger, Matt Atkinson, and Then and Now Photography with historian Garry Adelman.

The Teacher Institute is offered free of charge to teachers, but they or their school districts must pay for lodging and transportation to the event. Through the generosity of several CWPT Trustees and independent donors, we are able to offer scholarships to help defray the costs of attendance for selected educators. The support of our partners is essential to carrying out CWPT’s mission; we thank our trustees and members for their commitment to education.

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Animated Battle Maps from CWPT

by cwptedu on October 16, 2009

Editors note:  This is the first in a series of posts by the Civil War Preservation Trust on all of the wonderful educational resources they have to offer.  Enjoy!


As senior manager of education programs at The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) I am extremely pleased to work with Teaching the Civil War with Technology and grateful for the wonderful platform Dr. Beeghley offers with this blog. Today I am excited to discuss the latest offering on our website; a new animated map depicting the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

Just to tell you a little bit about us, CWPT is America’s largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. CWPT is also committed to providing educational programs and resources to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.

The animated maps are one of the feature educational offering of CWPT.  The Franklin animated map, launched this week, is a part of a series of animated maps including: the Battle of Fredericksburg, Saving Bentonville, the First Day at Chancellorsville, the Battle of Chantilly, and the Battle of Cedar Creek.  Through these animated maps the battles of the Civil War come to life.

CWPT Franklin Animated Map CWPT Franklin Animated Map

Over the past year CWPT has worked on these maps, gradually developing a template for the “animated map.” Taking the traditional static battle map, we have compressed the battle into a short/bite-size presentation, inserted a historical narrative, and set the once still armies into animated action.  The outcome is a user friendly, high-speed learning experience for students of all ages.

In my opinion one of the greatest parts of the animated map is that it is not a static map sitting on a self or table by itself.  The animated map is surrounded by information and resources.  It is a full narration of the battle from beginning to end.  The animated map provides the user with context for the battle, opening with an introduction which explains where and when the battle took place, who was involved, why the battle happened at that time and in that location.

During the battle troops can be seen moving in and around the battle, those that are not involved in the major action at a certain moment can still be seen.  The user can also see the roads, topography of the land, rivers, and railroads.  Historians have provided a narrative of the battle. As the battle progresses the narration follows along providing the user with information that could not be discussed on a static map.  Following the battle there is discussion about what effects the battle had on the soldiers and community. The preservation efforts or lack there of are also discussed.

Another great feature of the animated map is the use of primary sources; newspaper articles, pictures, illustrations, and letters appear thought-out the animated map presentation.  This provides the user with a visual context for the time and landscape in which the battle was fought.  It also exposes the younger audience to the use and variety of primary sources.

CWPT Franklin Animated Map CWPT Franklin Animated Map

As someone who began to learn about the Civil War fairly recently I really appreciate the animated map approach to military history.  I never understood how a static battle map was useful, these always seemed to make me more confused.  I needed to see the movement; I needed to know where the armies were coming from, and where they were going.

The animated map is useful at so many levels of Civil War scholarship.  We are very fortunate to have the technology to do this and the ability to provide it free to all who want to learn about the war.

I hope to post again soon, Nicole Osier.

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Civil War Preservation Trust 8th Annual Teacher Institute

March 8, 2009

I recently received an email indicating that my daughter and I will once again be presenting at this year’s Teachers Institute conducted by the Civil War Preservation Trust. Here are the details: The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host its Eighth Annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009 in Spotsylvania County, VA. This free […]

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