Civil War Classes

Course Offering

The Civil War comes to life with diversified and specialized courses which delve more deeply into historical accounts from this period of time than the average history class. Learn about more than just names, dates and events with our certified and well-versed instructors who are all members of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table.

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Courses and/or presentations can be scheduled for your organization, at any time, at YOUR location.

 

Civil War Institute Classes

FALL  2016 

The Attack on Harpers Ferry – 1 night (2 hrs) – NEW –
Before Fort Sumter, this federal arsenal, where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac, was the flashpoint of the Civil War.  
Wednesday, September 7 2016
Fee: $29.
Instructor: Patricia Caldwell 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


How the Press Covered the Civil War – 1 night (2 hrs)  –
This class will show how well or poorly "history's first draft" got the war right – and how the war, in turn, changed the practice of journalism. 
Monday, September 12 2016
Fee: $29.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


Civil War 101 (formerly called the Overview Series) – 6 nights (12 hrs) – CORE COURSE –
A year-by-year overview of the war, climaxed by a panel discussion that tackles the students’ questions.
Thursdays, September 15 through October 20 2016
Fee: $150.
Instructors: DVCWRT members 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


The “Fire Eaters” – 1 night (2 hrs) – NEW –

Discussion of the extremist politicians who led the charge for Southern secession, predicting that the North was too timid to resist. 
Wednesday, October 26 2016
Fee: $29.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


Bleeding Kansas – 2 nights (4 hrs) – NEW –
Kansas Territory became a flashpoint for events that would envelop the entire country.  Local events here in the 1850s would lead to much bloodier things to come.
Thursdays, November 10 and 17 2016
Fee: $55.
Instructor: Hugh Boyle 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


Reconstruction – 4 nights (8 hrs) – NEW –

Although hostilities ended in 1865, repercussions would last beyond the soldiers return home. This class which spans the period 1865-1880 looks at the politics and social ramifications as the country was rebuilt. 
Mondays, November 10, 17; December 5, 12 2016
Fee: $105.
Instructors: Hugh Boyle & Herb Kaufman 

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


The Causes of the Civil War – NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) –
An overview of the factors – political and social – that led to America being at war with itself. 
Wednesday, November 30 2016
Fee: $29.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman  

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.