House Divided Launch & Civil War 150th, April 15-16, 2011

To help honor the start of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to publicize the launch of a wide-ranging effort to help America’s classrooms learn more about this pivotal conflict, the House Divided Project at Dickinson College will host a weekend of entertaining and educational events, free of charge to participants:

1. Documentary Film Festival – Friday April 15, 2011, Carlisle Theater, 44 W. High Street, 7pm to 9pm

  • Watch a fascinating collection of short documentary films about the Civil War and its impact on ordinary Americans and small communities such as Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Open to the public.


Teacher Workshop – Saturday April 16, 2011, Denny Hall, High & West Streets, Dickinson College, 9am to noon

  • Learn about the extraordinary range of free resources available online through the House Divided Project and other leading digital content providers.  Advance registration required –open to K-12 educators and home-schooling parents.

3. Civil War Tours – Saturday April 16, 2011,Old Courthouse, Carlisle Square, 1pm to 3pm

  • Experience Civil War walking tours as never before. Students and staff from House Divided will lead visitors around Carlisle using the latest digital tools to help create a truly unique glimpse into the past.  Reservations encouraged.

4. David Blight Lecture – Saturday April 16, 2011, ATS Auditorium, Dickinson College, 7pm to 8:30pm

  • Yale historian and author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), David Blight will explore the meaning of the conflict at the beginning of its 150th anniversary.  Book signing to follow.  Open to the public.

All events are free

General questions? Contact Don Sailer at
Media queries? Contact Christine Dugan at or 717-245-1180

We are grateful to the following sponsors and partners for their support: