Upcoming Programs

The Sarasota Civil War Symposium is widely considered to be the premier Civil War conference in the country - because of its stellar faculty, spirited attendees, comfortable ambiance and alluring location on the warm white sands of Lido Beach. Since its inception in 1993, the symposium has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships. And the 2016 edition promises to be the best yet!  

Come and hear the top Civil War authors and historians deliver thought-provoking, carefully-crafted presentations on a variety of intriguing Civil War topics. After all talks, you'll be welcome to participate in question & answer dialogue with our presenters and be able to acquire books written by our faculty members - and secure autographed copies.

Jan 21, 2016 - Jan 23, 2016
William C. "Jack" Davis

“And we saw Europe - the last opportunity - in its old guise . . . In 1914 it blew up, of course. The lights went out and it was never the same again." - George C. Marshall

Jan 26, 2016 - Jan 27, 2016
Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA Ret.

Once again, in late January, we will land on the warm white sands of Lido Beach with a combined task force of distinguished World War II historians and decorated Sarasota-area veterans - for the 2016 World War II Conference! And you should Join Us.

Jan 28, 2016 - Jan 30, 2016
Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA Ret.

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Mar 18, 2016 - Mar 19, 2016
Norman Dasinger, Jr.

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On our Saturday tour in April, at Gettysburg, we will see how none fought harder  and more heroically than the Iron Brigade. This tour will involve moderate walking. Join us!

Apr 9, 2016
Gary Kross
Berlin, World War II, WWII, European tours, battlefield tours, Brandenburg Gate

No world capital has been more central to the history of the 20th century than Berlin. Now a vibrant modern metropolis, traces of the city’s turbulent past – whether as the hub of Hitler’s ‘Thousand Year Reich’ or as the front line of the Cold War – may be found on nearly every corner.

Spend a week exploring Berlin’s fascinating modern history on this unique tour led by CWEA/AHF faculty member Stuart R. Dempsey. From the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the battlefields of the Seelow Heights, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, we will delve deeply into this pivotal city’s past.

This tour is offered through Stuart’s company, Battleground Tours, in association with the American History Forum.

Apr 17, 2016 - Apr 23, 2016
Stuart R. Dempsey

Join leading authority Robert K. Krick for this in-depth field tour and tactical study of Spotsylvania that will take us to places both well-known and some rarely visited, known only to "Insiders."

Apr 21, 2016 - Apr 23, 2016
Robert K. Krick
Civil War Shiloh Tennessee artillery

154 years after the first great battle of the Civil War, we will assemble in Corinth. Mississippi for a comprehensive tour of the pristine battlefield of Shiloh - led by

Apr 28, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016
Timothy B. Smith

On the afternoon of Friday, July 3, 1863, following an intense artillery barrage, 11,500 Confederates from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia began to march across the gently undulating farm land between Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. In so doing, the men of Pickett’s Charge stepped into the realm of legend.

May 14, 2016
John Michael Priest

Based in Atlanta, GA with Richard M. McMurry - tour sites to include Ocmulgee mound in Macon, GA; Andersonville National Historic Site; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA; National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, GA; Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs, GA; and in Atlanta: Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Bulloch Hall, High Museum of Art, Margaret Mitchell House (The Dump), World of Coca-Cola, Joel Chandler Harris House (The Wren's Nest), and other sites - includes 4 lunches and 2 dinners.

May 17, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Richard M. McMurry