Fun last few days

From Wednesday, October 13 to Saturday, October 16, we hosted the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Grand Forks, ND. There were a number of great papers and panels on a wide variety of topics, including the Civil War. Yours truly presented a paper on the social transition in Illinois Civil War camps of instruction, and there were papers on Civil War chaplains as well. I was also able to meet several fine graduate students all doing great things at several far-flung programs from CUNY to TCU, to even New Brunswick. It was a small world as one student, Keith Altavilla, who studies the Civil War at Texas Christian University under Dr. Steven Woodworth (who I would have worked under had I gone there). It was a great amount of fun to host the conference and meet so many great scholars. I look forward to keeping in touch with those who I met.