Society of Civil War Historians

Biennial Meeting

The Society of Civil War Historians will host their biennial academic conference at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel on June 12-14, 2014. The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history on the Civil War era among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities.


* Program (pdf file) : Please contact the Richards Center if you have any corrections to the program.

* Hotel: Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 South Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland

* Conference registration form (print and mail registration form)

* Academic Press Tables registration form (print and mail registration form)

* Credit Card Preregistration Secure Web Site: under eStore - George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.

* Membership to The Society of Civil War Historians.

* Public History Award (closed - applications were due January 31, 2014)

* The Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street in Baltimore, has graciously offered free admission to the museum and library for anyone with the Society of Civil War Historians conference badge.

* Call for Papers - Closed as of September 13, 2013. All proposals must be submitted as one PDF file sent electronically to the Richards Center.


Lexington Conference Another Success

The SCWH held its biennial conference at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, Kentucky, June 14-16. Two hundred, thirty people registered for the conference, approximately the same number that registered for the previous conference in Richmond, Virginia.

The Kentucky Historical Society and the Filson Historical Society co-sponsored the Thursday banquet and the closing reception on Saturday. Kent Whitworth, executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society, and Mark V. Wetherington, director of the Filson Historical Society, both spoke briefly at the Thursday banquet and welcomed the Society and the conference attendees to Lexington.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Lorien Foote presented the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award to Evan Rothera, a PhD candidate at Penn State University, for his paper “‘Our South American Cousin’: Domingo F. Sarmiento and the Case for Comparative Reconstruction.” The committee praised the paper’s transnational approach to Reconstruction and its wealth of rich resources, including foreign language sources.

Excellence in Public History Award

Incoming Society president Anne Rubin and Vice Admiral James Sagerholm and Len Riedel of the Blue and Gray Education Society presented the Excellence in Public History Award to Stephen Bartkus of the Gunn Historical Museum in Washington, Connecticut. The $5,000 award was given in recognition of the museum’s online exhibit, Letters from the Battlefield: Stories of Washington’s Civil War Soldiers. Bartkus and a volunteer staff tracked down letters from over 40 Washington residents who served in the Civil War to create this exhibit and educate visitors about the small town’s Civil War experience. Here is the link to the online exhibit:

Distinguished Service Award

The Society recognized Gary Gallagher, a past president, for his distinguished service to the Society of Civil War Historians and the field of Civil War History. George Rable presented Gary with a plaque and a rare first edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs on behalf of the Society.

Evan Rothera and Lorien Fotte

Len Riedel, Admiral James Sagerholm, Anne Rubin, and Stephen Bartkus

Gary Gallagher & George Rable

Gary Gallagher & George Rable