Registration Still Open for Eisenhower Academy

The 14th annual Eisenhower Academy: An Institute for Teachers and Historians will be held from July 10 through July 15 at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, the Academy will focus on the Eisenhower presidency, including the policies, events, crises, and the life-style of 1950s America.

Lectures and discussion throughout the week will cover new scholarship on the foreign and domestic policy of the Eisenhower administration. Topics include the Cold War, civil rights, and 1950s popular culture. Field trips include a visit to the Eisenhower National Historic Site and a walking tour of Eisenhower’s Gettysburg. Participants will have the opportunity to interview Eisenhower friends and family members, and use primary source documents, film, video footage, and the internet as research tools.

Two Pennsylvania professional education credits (60 ACT 48 hours) are available for attending the Academy. Three graduate credits are also offered through Mount Saint Mary’s University for an additional fee. Teachers, graduate students, and those who simply wish to learn more about Eisenhower and 1950s America are invited to attend.

The faculty includes Dr. Michael Birkner, Gettysburg College; Dr. Daun Van Ee, Library of Congress; Bradley Patterson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, 1954-1961; Dr. Keith Olson, University of Maryland; Carol Hegeman, Eisenhower National Historic Site historian; Lee Ann Potter, National Archives education specialist; Dr. George Colburn, film maker and producer of The Eisenhower Era Education Project; Dr. David Nichols, Southwestern College; Dr. David Schuyler, Franklin and Marshall College; Dr. Cotten Seiler, Dickinson College; and Susan Eisenhower, Eisenhower Institute.

Total cost of the week long institute, including food, lodging in air-conditioned residence rooms with private baths, field trips, and special evening events is $695 single occupancy. The day student rate is $475 and includes lunches, breaks and special evening events. For more information and the Academy agenda visit or call (717) 338-9114.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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