Upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events

 May 7 and 8, 2016: Heritage Trail Hike

Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk for a two-day, fifteen-mile vigorous battlefield hike following the Billy Yank trail and the Johnny Reb trail. The Heritage Trail Hike will cover various areas of the battlefield; tell brief stories of the men who fought there, and the history of the monuments that pay homage those who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Both days the tour will start and end at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Backpacks, hiking shoes and walking sticks are suggested. Registration fee includes lunch on Saturday.

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May 21: Encounters with History
Major General John Reynolds at Gettysburg: Hero/Leader, or Misuse of Authority? with Licensed Battlefield Guide Chuck Burkell

This Encounters with History is a full-day indoor and outdoor program.  A lecture will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, followed by an hour for lunch and an outdoor moderate walking program from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This presentation will provide a history and examination of the life of John Reynolds, discuss and examine Reynolds’ behavior within some selected contemporary leadership/use of authority frameworks, follow the footsteps of Reynolds from Emmitsburg, Maryland to Gettysburg on June 30/July 1, review the opening battle actions of July 1 on the field at McPherson’s Ridge where Reynolds was killed in action, and a discussion of the aftermath.

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June 4, 2016: Volunteer Work Day  Sold Out

Join the Friends for this special 20th anniversary volunteer work day! Participants will spend a full day working on preservation projects at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, working alongside the National Park Service Maintenance Team.  Following the Work Day, a National Park Service Ranger will provide an informative program.



July 16: Encounters with History Iliad Gettysburg: Alexander Confronts McGilvery with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel

This Encounters with History is a full-day indoor and outdoor program.  A lecture will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, followed by an hour lunch and an outdoor moderate walking program from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both men were masters of artillery and were recognized early as natural leaders of men. Both were relied on by their commanders to rise above the call of duty, Alexander being ordered to take command of the I Corps artillery the morning of the battle, while McGilvery improvised a gun line along Plum Run that saved Cemetery Ridge. Their fight is our version of the literary confrontation between Hector & Achilles.

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August 20: Encounters with History
Sickles Gets Away with Murder! with Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler 

Two options available!  Please choose from either the morning or afternoon session.
This Encounters with History is a half-day indoor program.  The lecture will be held in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The murder of U.S. District Attorney Philip Barton Key by congressman and future general, Daniel E. Sickles, was considered the “trial of the century.” Learn how and why Sickles managed to evade justice.  Is “temporary insanity” a myth? View “Then and Now” images of key crime sites! How does this lead Sickles to Gettysburg? Join us for a session of adultery, murder, and relationship advice courtesy of Dan Sickles.

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For questions or comments about Friends of Gettysburg events, please call 717-339-2148