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 

The Irish in the Civil War – 4 hours
Both Blue and Gray had a generous touch of green.  So why did these men fight and die so bravely in a country that was new to them?  And what generals were more gallant then the Union’s Phil Sheridan and the Confederacy’s Pat Cleburne?
Dates: Mondays, May 8 and 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $55
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

World War II Seminars:(new)

Pearl Harbor: The Surprise Was Complete – 2 hours
The shout of “General Quarters” rang throughout the fleet. Explore the political background, eyewitness accounts and historical analysis of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman. 
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

Defining Moments of the Lincoln Presidency
Abraham Lincoln once said, “I did not influence events, but I am influenced by them.” Those events were special moments that altered the Civil War era. This class will examine those moments and the effect Lincoln’s decisions had on the war and the future of America.
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time:
Fee:$30
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: 
call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

“No Turning Back”: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant has been celebrated as a general, underrated as a president, and overstated as a drunkard.   This class explores his early life, seen as years of failure; his war years, when he led the Union to victory; his presidency, whose successes are only now being recognized; and his brilliant memoirs, written as he was dying an agonizing death.
Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Time:
Fee: $30
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
To register: 
call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

Desperate Measures: Unusual Incidents and Strange Adventures in the Civil War
“Strange but true.” This saying was never more relevant than in describing many of the bizarre occurrences of the Civil War. This program presents many of the controversial personalities and strange, unusual incidents that occurred during the war.
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time:
Fee:$30
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register:
call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

Meagher of the Sword – His Fight to Defend Two Flags
Thomas Francis Meagher lived an eventful life on three continents: in the Young Ireland Movement and the Irish Rebellion of 1848; his trial and exile to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania); and his escape to America, where he fought for both the Union and the Irish cause by recruiting and leading the famed Irish Brigade. His postwar life ended in Montana Territory, where he was secretary and acting governor.
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 

Fee: $30
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

 

Guadalcanal- Starvation Island
In films, books and songs, the Guadalcanal campaign was recognized for its pivotal role in the War in the Pacific. Known as Operation Watchtower, the campaign was hard fought on land, sea and air. With an emphasis on human interest stories, this class will explore the campaign from the American and Japanese perspectives.
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 
Fee: $30
Instructor: Walt Lafty 
To register: call (215) 884-2218) or click here to register online with a credit card.

 

Worst President Ever
Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, is universally accepted as our greatest president. The man he succeeded – the 15th president, James Buchanan – has been rated by historians as our worst. What did Buchanan do or not do to earn such a reputation? We will examine how America’s presidency went from worst to first.
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2017
Time: 
Fee: $30
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218) or click here to register online with a credit card.