New York, NY

Beneath the Battlefield

Learn the secrets of decoding Civil War era script from the expert archivists at the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Gettysburg remains the bloodiest battle in our nation's history. Confederate and Union forces fought for three days in a battle that proved in hindsight to be the turning point of the Civil War. However it is the unknown struggles within the larger epic that can bring us greater understanding of this pivotal moment. What was it like for these soldiers? And how do we decipher the documents that tell these first-hand stories?

Join the Obscura Society as we explore this moment in history through original documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Curators will provide us with  special access and demonstrate the methods used to transcribe Civil War era script. With these historic documents at hand we will immerse ourselves in the horror and glory of one of the great turning points in history. Continue the conversation with the curators over wine and snacks as we wrap up this very special visit to a rare and revealing archive. 

Advanced tickets highly recommended!