Park Service announces special events for 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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Gettysburg, PA (November 6, 2013) – We invite you to attend the following upcoming 150th Anniversary November events, co-sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park.

Here is the current schedule of events (subject to change):

November 16  From Lincoln’s Desk: A Special Display of Signed Documents
View a special exhibit in the Gettysburg Address Gallery of the Museum of the American Civil War including the following documents:  pages with signatures of individuals who attended the November 19, 1863 Dedication Ceremony in Gettysburg; a letter from President Lincoln to a member of his administration specifying remarks in a newspaper, and a signed pardon from President Lincoln.
Date:  Opening Saturday, November 16 (through 2013)
Place:  Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Museum of the American Civil War
Fee:  Included in the price of the museum ticket
Time:  Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 16-17  Regarding Lincoln:  A Multi-Author Book Signing Event

Join award-winning authors for a special book signing event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Noted writers of adult and children’s books on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, the battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War will be available to answer questions and sign their works.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17

Place: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Lobby

Fee: Free of charge

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 16 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Authors Martin Johnson, John Taliaferro, Phillip Tucker

Nov. 16 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Authors Larry Tagg, Walter Stahr, J. David Petruzzi, Steven Stanley

Nov. 17 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Authors James McPherson, Robert Bray, John Taliaferro

Nov. 17 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Authors Jennifer Armstrong, J. David Petruzzi, Steven Stanley

November 16-18  Speaking of Lincoln: Special Talks on the Man and His Legacy
In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg National Military Park rangers present talks about President Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg 150 years ago, the story of Lincoln and his “few appropriate remarks,” and the larger context and impact of the Gettysburg Address on the war effort and the nation.

Date: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 16-18

Place: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Ford Education Room

Fee: Free of charge

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

 

Breaking Down the Gettysburg Address Line by Line, with NPS Ranger Troy Harman

November 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, Ford Education Center

Dissecting the Gettysburg Address uncovers a profound understanding of enlightenment philosophy, Evangelical Christianity, ancient symbolism, gender history along with the promises and pitfalls of democracy. In many ways, the address capsulizes American History within the context of Western thought.

Millennium of Glory: Edward Everett and the making of his Gettysburg Address, with NPS Ranger Chris Gwinn

November 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, Ford Education Center

Edward Everett was one of the most prominent American statesmen and orators of his day. Though overshadowed by Abraham Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address, the two hour oration Everett composed for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery ranks as one of the towering achievements of his life. Who was this man and what did he hope to say that November day in 1863?

Lincoln Under God at Gettysburg, with NPS Ranger Chuck Teague

November 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, Ford Education Center

Our 16th President carefully crafted his Gettysburg Address to read verbatim at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery. Yet on the platform he was inspired to add two words he would have avoided prior to the Civil War. The story behind his change in perspective is little-known but important in appreciating Lincoln’s emerging faith, and the impact Gettysburg had upon him.

November 18  These Honored Dead: Death and Rebirth in the Civil War
Join the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College for a panel discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, director of documentary film “Death and the Civil War,” Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Random House, 2009), on which the documentary is based, and Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Q & A with the audience will follow.

Date: Monday, November 18, 2013

Place: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Lobby

Book and DVD Signing: 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Fee Information: Free of Charge; Tickets are required

To Secure a Ticket: (877) 874-2478 or (717) 334-2436

November 18  An Evening at the David Wills House
Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 150 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. Tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.”

Date: Monday, November 18

Place: The David Wills House

Fee: Free of charge

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

November 19  Dedication Day: 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  The event takes place in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College.  

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the keynote speaker role on November 19.

For specific information about how to attend, when to arrive, satellite parking, and shuttle buses, please visit:  http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/150th-anniversary-plan-your-visit.htm

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Place: Soldiers’ National Cemetery

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Fee Information: Free of Charge – No ticket will be required

Contact: (717) 334-1124 or 717-338-1243

November 19 Ken Burns Book Signing

Join celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns, creator of the PBS documentary The Civil War and more, for a DVD and book signing.

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Place: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Lobby

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November 22 “Evening with the Painting”

Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive “after-hours” program Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the .  Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country’s largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life.

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Place:  Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

Time: 4:30p.m. with a repeat program at 6:30 p.m.

Fee Information: $20 adults; $10 youth (ages 6-12)

Tickets:  please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18 or call 717-334-2436 or 877-874-2478.

November 23  The 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination
Join the Gettysburg Foundation in observing the 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination in which nearly 3,500 luminary candles are placed on Civil War graves in Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as a testament to the sacrifices made on Gettysburg’s battlefield in 1863.

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013

Place: Soldiers’ National Cemetery

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Fee Information: Free of Charge

Contact:  717-339-2148
For more information, visit our website at www.gettysburgfoundation.org

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