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. A boxed lunch will be provided. 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.
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.
September 9 & 10, 2016: First Corps Event: Sold Out
Friday, September 9, 2016: Antietam’s Knowns and Unknowns: Two Historians Take on America’s Bloodiest Day. This program begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2016: The Civil War’s Bloodiest Day: Antietam, September 17, 1862. This will be a full-day tour of the Antietam battlefield, led by Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler. Following a day of touring, join fellow First Corps members in the Refreshment Saloon after hours at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for a private buffet dinner and silent auction.
Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Fall Volunteer Work Days
Enjoy a long weekend in Gettysburg and join the Friends for a volunteer opportunity at the Gettysburg National Military Park. On September 19th and 20th, Friends members will work alongside the National Park Service Maintenance Team to perform various maintenance tasks on the battlefield and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Space is limited to 30 participants per day. Volunteer just one day or join us for both. Opportunities will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Water and supplies will be provided at each work site; however, transportation and meals are not included in the registration fee.
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September 24: Encounters with History - An Overview of the Battle of Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee
This 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 lunch and an outdoor easy walking program from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The program will review all three days of the battle, as well as, place the Battle of Gettysburg in its historical, military, and political context. This program is not just for “Newbies”, but for experienced battlefield trekkers as well, as sometimes it is good to reexamine the Battle from a detailed "start to finish" perspective again. The attendees will have time to ask those questions they have always wanted to discuss, so come prepared for an interactive session, or just sit back and enjoy the program.
October 7 & 8: Fall Muster
Friday, October 7: The Friday evening program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8: On Saturday, six different battlefield tours will be offered. Attendees will choose one program in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and one in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A lunch buffet and silent action will be offered in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
November 19: Remembrance Day
The 14th Annual Remembrance Illumination, held at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Support the Gettysburg Foundation with a heartfelt donation to the Remembrance Illumination to sponsor a candle in honor or memory of a loved one.
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For questions or comments about Friends of Gettysburg events, please call 717-339-2148