UPDATED Calendar of events at Gettysburg National Military Park

Photo by Scott Mingus

 

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK  / EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE                            

2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

 

APRIL 2013

 

April 6-7                 71st PA & 2nd Regiment U.S.Volunteer Infantry Programs at the Pennsylvania Memorial and the United States Sharpshooters on Little Round Top. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

April 13-14             7th PA Reserves and 1st & 3rd MD Infantry at the Pennsylvania Memorial.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

April 20-21             28th VA Infantry Programs at Pitzer Woods and the 9th PA Reserves Infantry Programs at the Pennsylvania Memorial.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

April 27                  National Junior Ranger Day at Eisenhower National Historic Site – Children ages 7-12 are invited to complete the Junior Secret Service Agent Training Manual and earn their badge and certificate.    Ranger programs on Eisenhower and the Secret Service will be presented.  Children will also earn a special patch commemorating National Junior Ranger Day 2012.  Included in site admission.  (717) 338-9114.

 

MAY 2013

 

May 4-5                 24th MI Infantry Programs at the Pennsylvania Memorial.  8th N.J. Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

May 11                  Mamie Remembers Gettysburg at Eisenhower National Historic Site.    Join living historian Ruthmary McIlhenny as she performs her first person program as Mamie Eisenhower.  Also watch a 1950s fashion show presented by the Victory Society.  Included in site admission. As part of this event, the Gettysburg Foundation will host a special High Tea for an added fee. For tickets call 877-874-2478 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

May 11-12             2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery M Programs at the Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

May 18-19             1st Potomac Home Brigade Programs at Spangler Spring. 44th GA Infantry Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

May 23                  Commemorative Gettysburg Stamp Ceremony, U.S. Postal Service – Gettysburg Stamp Ceremony, First-Day-of-Issue.  In its series of released stamps that pay tribute to the American Civil War, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Gettysburg 150th anniversary stamp during a ceremony at Gettysburg.  Gettysburg stamps will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. May 23 for the first time ever, before public sales begin across the nation the following day. Cancellation stamps and autographed programs will also be available.  Ceremony begins May 23, 11:00 a.m. in tent near the front entrance of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Stamps will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. at  the Visitor Center.

May 25-26             Annual U.S. Regular Infantry Program at Meade’s HQ. 1st PA Artillery, Battery D at Pennsylvania Memorial. 10th VA Infantry at Spangler Spring. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

JUNE 2013

 

June 8                   Daily Gettysburg Ranger Walks and Programs Begin. Includes a full range of free Park Ranger conducted programs, walks, tours, campfire programs, living history programs, children’s programs and “battle walks” offered daily through August 18.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett 

 

June 8                   Daily Exploring Eisenhower Programs Begin. Join a Park Ranger for 30 minute walks and talks offered daily at the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  Topics include Eisenhower’s military career, the Secret Service’s role in protecting the president, Eisenhower’s presidency, and the Eisenhower’s’ life in Gettysburg.  Programs offered daily through August 18.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

 

June 8-9                D-Day Anniversary Weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site – Join a Park Ranger for a talk on Eisenhower and the Men of D-Day.  World War II living historians portray a variety of soldiers and talk informally with visitors at the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  Included in site admission. For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

June 8-9                6th New Hampshire Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring. 119th N.Y. Infantry Programs Pennsylvania Memorial.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

June 13                 Hike with Ike. This free guided walking tour in downtown Gettysburg explores Eisenhower’s life in the community is every Thursday through August 15 at 7:15 p.m.  Meet the National Park Ranger at the Gettysburg College gates, at the corner of North Washington and Water Streets.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

 

June 15                 Gettysburg National Military Park’s Brass Band Concert.  The Wildcat Regimental Band will perform free at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center as well as present an evening concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial. Call for a program schedule 717-334-1124 x8023 or go to: www.nps.gov/gett

June 15-16            13th N.J. Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring. 1st N.C. Artillery Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

June 16                 Exhibit Opening: “Treasures of the Civil War” offers a rare glimpse into the professional and personal side of 13 of the greatest leaders during the war. Most of the artifacts have never before been exhibited at Gettysburg and come from outstanding Civil War collections throughout the U.S.  The 13 legendary leaders featured are: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, George G. Meade, John Reynolds, George Pickett, Alexander Webb, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Custer, John Mosby, Frederick Douglass and Clara Barton. The fee to view the exhibit, housed in the Gilder Lehrman Institute Special Exhibits Gallery in the museum, is included in the standard film/cyclorama/museum admission fee which is $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth, ages 6 through 12; or a ticket for only the Treasures of the Civil War Exhibit may be purchased for $8 for adults and $6 for youth, ages 6 through 12. Group rates are available.  Continues through 2015.

 

June 22-23            2nd Maryland Inf. C.S.A. Programs at Pitzer Woods. 20th Maine Infantry & 2nd United States Sharpshooters                          Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. Stewart’s Brigade Programs at Spangler Spring. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

June 21 – 25         Civil War Institute.  Sponsored by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and Gettysburg National Military Park.  Please note: registration for this seminar is now full.  For more information contact 717-337-6590 or www.gettysburg.edu/civilwar

 

June 29 – 30         Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings – This year, the park is a co-sponsor to a bigger and better Sacred Trust event.  Join renowned historians, authors, National Park Service Rangers and others for talks and book signings that will focus on 1863 topics, in a casual take on a formal lecture series. The diverse range of speakers includes James McPherson, Allen Guelzo, Harold Holzer, Brooks Simpson, Ethan Rafuse, Scott Mingus Sr., and Peter Carmichael, to name a few.  Topics encourage the general public, as well as students of the Civil War, to delve deeper into the nature of the conflict that divided our nation.  Events take place from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

 

June 30                 “Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom” Commemorative Ceremony on stage near Meade’s Headquarters – This signature Civil War sesquicentennial event includes music, a keynote address by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and “Voices of History,” a dramatic reading of eyewitness accounts written by soldiers and citizens swept into the events of the battle and its tragic aftermath.    Country music artist Trace Adkins will sing the National Anthem accompanied by the United States Military Academy Orchestra.  The ceremony will end with a procession to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery to see luminaria marking each of the more than 3,500 graves of soldiers killed in the battle of Gettysburg.  Sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.   The evening begins with a musical prelude at 7:30 p.m.  The ceremony begins at 8 p.m., followed by luminaria in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery from 9:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.  Free.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett

 

JULY 2013

 

 

July 1 – 4              National Park Service Programs for 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  During the days of the battle anniversary, with July 4 focusing on the battle’s aftermath and consequences, is offering a wide range of free programming at dozens of different locations and appealing to all levels of interest.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett The programs include:

 

Key Moment Programs – 30 minute programs that provide a brief overview of the events that occurred in a specific location on that day of the battle.  Minimal walking.  Presented hourly from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. July 1 – 4.

Overview Hikes – Gettysburg National Military Park Rangers guide these 60-90 minute programs that provide a fuller overview of a phase, or phases, of the battle.  The hikes involve more walking and are more in-depth than the Key Moment programs. Offered multiple times daily, July 1 – 4.

Battlefield Experience Programs – These are special programs that offer a unique opportunity to be at a specific place on the battlefield at a moment when some important event or decision was made, or to simply have a unique, one-time experience during the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.  Offered multiple times daily, July 1 – 4.

 

Voices of Battle Programs – July 1-4 at the stage north of Meade’s Headquarters. These 45 minute programs feature living historians who will bring to life the eyewitness accounts of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the tragedy of the Battle of Gettysburg.  7:30 p.m. each evening.

Living History Camps & Demonstrations – Nearly 500 Union and Confederate infantry and artillery troops and other supporting units will present demonstrations and programs near the Pennsylvania Memorial and at Pitzer’s Woods throughout the day to illustrate the life of the Union and Confederate soldier and demonstrate the tactics used by both armies in the Battle of Gettysburg.  The camps will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please note: living history events are July 1-3 only and there will be no demonstrations on July 3 after 12 p.m.

 

Special Junior Ranger Patch and Commemorative Keepsake – Throughout 2013, kids can earn a special 150th anniversary Junior Ranger patch by completing activities in the Junior Ranger activity book.  In addition, during the park’s nine-day commemoration from June 29 through July 7, Junior Rangers will earn a keepsake identity card of one of six different Gettysburg soldiers and civilians – designed to look like a Civil War daguerreotype.

 

Family Activity Tent – From July 1 – 4, the front lawn of the Museum and Visitor Center will house a special family and children’s tent full of activities, programs and hands-on opportunities.  Stations will include a Living History stage where a new Gettysburg “personality” will be revealed each hour; Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery drilling stations; soldier pastimes circle, dress-up photo booth, and an “Ask a Ranger” desk.  Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Museum and Visitor Center Ranger Programs – Rangers will present regular programs on the battle, the life of the Civil War soldier and care of the wounded at regular times throughout the day in and around the Museum and Visitor Center,  July 1 – 4.

 

July 1                    Salute to the States: a Gettysburg Foundation Commemorative Event – This event includes a special performance by actor and playwright Stephen Lang; a question and answer session with nationally acclaimed historian Harold Holzer; a culinary tour of America featuring signature cuisine from various regions of the United States; Civil War-era ballroom dancing; living history performances by Confederate and Union Generals who share their experiences at Gettysburg; and a unique exhibit of reunion badges. $100 per ticket and $150 per patron ticket which helps fund 150th preservation, acquisition and education projects. Period or cocktail attire is suggested.  At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or by calling 877/874-2478.

                             

July 5, 6, 7            Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings – Three additional days of noteworthy historians, authors, National Park Service Rangers and others providing talks that examine the nature of the Civil War 150th years ago.  The speakers on July 5 through y include: Ed Bearss, Scott Hartwig, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Swanson, Ron Maxwell, Wayne Motts and more.  Events take place from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

 

July 14-18             The Eisenhower Academy. A one-week institute for school teachers covering Eisenhower’s foreign and domestic policy, 1950s popular culture and Eisenhower’s leadership. Graduate credit or Pennsylvania Professional Education Credit available.  Registration fee.  For more information call 717-338-9114 ext. 10 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

 

July 20-21             4th VA Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

July 27-28             2nd Corps Headquarters General Hancock Society Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial.  10th VA Sharpshooters Programs at Spangler Spring. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

AUGUST 2013

 

August 3-4             10th VA Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring.  Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

August 10-11         North Carolina State Troops Program at Pitzer Woods.  124th NY Infantry Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

August 24-25         The Iron Brigade, Army of the Potomac Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial.  4th MD & Stribling’s Battery of  Artillery Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

August 18              Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Programs continue through late summer and fall on a limited basis.  Weekly schedules for these free, guided walks are available at the information desk in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on the day of your visit or call 717-334-1124 x8023.

 

August 16-17         18th Annual Civil War Music Muster. Performers include the Susquehanna Travellers, the Victorian Dance Ensemble, The Libby Prison Minstrels, The Irish Volunteers Civil War Band, the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, 46th PA Regiment Band, David Kincaid and new this year, The Connecticut Valley Music Fife and Drum Corps.   All performances take place at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the Dobbin House Courtyard, followed by a concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial in the early evening.  FREE. For more information call 717-338-4433 or 717-334-1124 x3251.

 

August 17-18         The Liberty Grays Program at Pitzer Woods.  44th GA. Infantry Programs at Spangler Spring.  Society of Civil War Surgeons Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Sept. 7-8               87th PA Infantry Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial.  28th VA Infantry Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

 

Sept. 14-15           21st GA Infantry Programs at Pitzer Woods. 69th N.Y. Infantry Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

 

Sept. 21-22           World War II Weekend.  A living history encampment at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with Allied soldiers, a German camp, World War II jeeps and trucks, and USO Dance (off-site).  Programs are scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and included in site admission.  Shuttle service and weather permitting on-site parking is available this weekend only.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

 

Sept. 21-22           9th GA Sharpshooters Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

Sept. 28-29           United States Sharpshooter Weekend.  2nd United States Sharpshooters at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

 

OCTOBER 2013

 

October 5-6           2nd U.S. Cavalry, Co. A. Programs at Pitzer Woods. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

October 12-13       United States Sharpshooters on Little Round Top. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

October 19-20       Ohio Valley Civil War Association Infantry, Artillery and Sharpshooters Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

October 26-27       1st PA Artillery, Battery F Programs at Pennsylvania Memorial. 12th Alabama Infantry Programs at Pitzer Woods.

For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023, or go to www.nps.gov/gett/

 

NOVEMBER 2013

 

Nov. 19                 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address an annual observation with memorial services held annually in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The program includes the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Soldier’s National Monument and a formal ceremony with a keynote speaker.  Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. For information go to www.gettysburg.edu/civilwar/institute or call 717-337-6590.

 

Nov. 19                 Graveside Salute to the United States Colored Troops in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery immediately after the Dedication Day ceremony.  Sponsored by “For the Cause” Productions, www.gettysburghistories.com

 

Nov. 23                 Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies – An annual event held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary.  A parade of Civil War living history groups begins at 1:00 p.m.  Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  For information call 717-259-6156 or go to www.suvcw.org

 

Nov. 23                 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination, Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. From 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. luminary candles will be placed on each Civil War grave as a testament to the sacrifices made here in 1863.  Free. For information call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

 

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

Dec 6                    Holiday Wreaths at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery – Five hundred holiday wreaths will be placed on graves in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of the Sgt. Mac Foundation’s ongoing effort to honor veterans.  For more information call 717-337-1728 or go to www.sgtmac.org

 

Dec. 1-31              An Eisenhower Christmas – The Eisenhower home at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is decorated in the traditions of the Eisenhowers.  Some original decorations and Christmas cards will be on display; included in site admission.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise.

Dates and Events are Subject to Change.

For more information contact:

 

Gettysburg National Military Park events contact 717-334-1124 or visit www.nps.gov/gett

Eisenhower National Historic Site events contact 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

Gettysburg Foundation events contact 717-339-2161 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

150th Anniversary Information – For information about battle reenactments, lodging and other special events in the Gettysburg area go to http://gettysburgcivilwar150.com/

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3/25/2013

Katie Lawhon

Management Assistant
Gettysburg National Military Park/ Eisenhower National Historic Site
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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