Gettysburg Rising Presents a Forum on the Confederate Flag - March 3, 6:30 pm

Presented by Gettysburg Rising

Gettysburg Rising is hosting “A Forum on the Confederate Flag” to be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Ballroom of the Comfort Inn, located at 945 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. 

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College is sponsoring the forum. David P. Hadley, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of history at Gettysburg College, will serve as the moderator.

This moderated forum is an opportunity for the public to express and listen to different viewpoints on the Confederate flag. “We were purposeful in choosing March 3 as the date since that is both Abolitionists Day and Confederate Flag Day,” notes Jenny Dumont, head of the Gettysburg Rising steering committee. “Our goal is to promote dialogue that will lead to increased tolerance and awareness and a deeper knowledge of how this symbol is linked to particular ideologies, values, and social systems,”

Pete Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute, expressed his hope that the event “will promote greater historical understanding of the flag and other expressions of Confederate iconography. I applaud Gettysburg Rising for bringing together a wide range of people who have a deep interest and stake in how our community remembers and presents its Civil War past to the public.”

The organizers welcome diverse points of view and ask that all participants agree to a respectful exchange of ideas and thoughts. Each person who wishes to speak will have four minutes to share their perspective or ask questions.

The intent is to provide a space for dialogue about the appropriateness of selling Confederate Flag merchandise, the significance of the flag in the local identity of Gettysburg as a tourist destination, and reasons for displaying the flag. Our goal is to make possible a respectful dialogue so that all participants can listen to others’ viewpoints with the hope that we will better understand those viewpoints.

For more information contact Gettysburg Rising at 505-908-6404 or