Upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events

June 6, 2015: Volunteer Work Day 

Join the Friends of Gettysburg for a full day of battlefield preservation at Gettysburg National Military Park. Participants will work alongside fellow Friends members as they complete projects determined by the National Park Service Maintenance Team. Work assignments vary each year, but include the following categories: building and painting fences throughout the battlefield, detail painting or cleaning headstones in Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, or clearing brush throughout the battlefield. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the National Park Service Maintenance Facility located at 405 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Lunch will be provided for all participants at 12:00 p.m. at the National Park Service Maintenance Facility. Due to an overwhelming response, the 2015 Volunteer Work Day is sold out! For more information about the event, please click here


July 18, 2015: Adams Seminar  
Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
On July 2nd The Confederate forces almost won a decisive victory over the Federal army. There were four attack points on July 2nd which the southern forces almost converted — Little Round Top, the Union center from the Peach Orchard to the “Angle,” Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.  Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he examines each of these attack points and discusses what went right and what went wrong in each. Due to an overwhelming response, the Adams Seminar on July 18th is sold out! For more information, please click here.

Due to an overwhelming response to the July 18, 2015: Adams Seminar, the Friends of Gettysburg will be presenting a repeat seminar on: 

July 25, 2015: Adams Seminar  

Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 

On July 2nd The Confederate forces almost won a decisive victory over the Federal army. There were four attack points on July 2nd which the southern forces almost converted — Little Round Top, the Union center from the Peach Orchard to the “Angle,” Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.  Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he examines each of these attack points and discusses what went right and what went wrong in each. To register, please click here.


August 8, 2015: Encounters with History
“The Hidden Battle of Gettysburg:” Intelligence, Time and Logistics with Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Nicastro

An Encounters with History seminar is a full-day indoor lecture program. 
While most students of Gettysburg study the actual fighting, decisions of the battle were often decided by information, windows of opportunities, and supplies. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Nicastro for a full–day seminar that discusses the intelligence, time, and logistics surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg. To register, please click here.


August 28 and August 29, 2015: First Corps Event

Friday Evening: “It was, indeed, a scene of unsurpassed grandeur and majesty” – An Audio-Visual Presentation of the National Park Service’s Coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War with National Park Service Visual Information Specialist of the northeast region Jason Martz 
Over the past four years, the National Park Service has covered the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War through extensive photography and video projects. From behind the camera, Jason’s team of passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers have spent countless hours capturing these once-in-a-lifetime events. The media has been used for immediate use on web and social media sites for a worldwide audience and have been saved and cataloged for ages to come. Beginning with the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) in July, 2011, Jason will highlight some of the most remarkable and stunning pictures and videos from the past four years

Saturday: Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guides James Hessler and Wayne Motts 

152 years after the event, the grand near-suicidal attack against the Union position on Cemetery Ridge still emotionally resonates with Gettysburg enthusiasts like no other aspect of the battle. On the afternoon of July 3, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered more than 12,000 infantry to undertake what would become the most legendary charge in American military history. This attack, popularly but inaccurately known as “Pickett’s Charge,” is often considered the turning point of the Civil War’s seminal battle of Gettysburg. Although much has been written about the battle itself and Pickett’s Charge in particular, Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg is the first battlefield guide for this celebrated assault. Join Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg authors and Licensed Battlefield Guides James Hessler and Wayne Motts for an all–day program, a morning of indoor lecture and an afternoon battlefield tour, discussing Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. 

Following a day of touring, join fellow Friends in the Refreshment Saloon after hours at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for a private buffet dinner and silent auction. 

To register, please click here


September 26, 2015: Adams Seminar  
The Barns of the Gettysburg Battlefield: Their Architecture and Role in the Battle with Historic Gettysburg Adams County Barn Preservation Project Chairman Curt Musselman  

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
This presentation will describe the different styles of barns present on the Gettysburg Battlefield today, and will look at the battle action that took place in and around these barns. The morning lecture will examine the evolution of the design of barns on the battlefield and in this part of Pennsylvania during the 19th century. The National Park Service owns twenty historic barns at the Gettysburg National Military Park and over one-half of them were witnesses to the epic battle. During the field portion of the program we will enter a number of the National Park Service’s barns including the McPherson, Trostle and Slyder barns to see both unique features and features that are typical of almost every barn on the field. To register, please click here


October 9 and 10, 2015: Fall Muster 

Join the Friends of Gettysburg for our annual Fall Muster– a two-day event featuring battlefield  tours, special programs, and an abundance of Friends camaraderie! For a full listing of programs and to register, please click here



Save the date for more upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events: 

October 24, 2015: Adams Seminar

November 21, 2015: Remembrance Illumination

December 5, 2015: Encounters with History 


For questions or comments about Friends of Gettysburg events, please call 717-339-2148 or email aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.



July 18, 2015: Adams Seminar  
Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
On July 2nd The Confederate forces almost won a decisive victory over the Federal army. There were four attack points on July 2nd which the southern forces almost converted — Little Round Top, the Union center from the Peach Orchard to the “Angle,” Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.  Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he examines each of these attack points and discusses what went right and what went wrong in each. To register, please click here.

July 18, 2015: Adams Seminar  
Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
On July 2nd The Confederate forces almost won a decisive victory over the Federal army. There were four attack points on July 2nd which the southern forces almost converted — Little Round Top, the Union center from the Peach Orchard to the “Angle,” Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.  Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he examines each of these attack points and discusses what went right and what went wrong in each. To register, please click here.

July 18, 2015: Adams Seminar  
Gettysburg: Day Two— “Oh, So Close” July 2nd— The Real High Water Mark of the Confederacy? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
On July 2nd The Confederate forces almost won a decisive victory over the Federal army. There were four attack points on July 2nd which the southern forces almost converted — Little Round Top, the Union center from the Peach Orchard to the “Angle,” Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill.  Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee as he examines each of these attack points and discusses what went right and what went wrong in each. To register, please click here.