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.
October 29: Encounters with History - Connecticut at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey
This is a full-day indoor and outdoor program. A lecture will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.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 on uneven ground from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No state of its size contributed more to the Union war effort than Connecticut. Its manufacturing muscle and maritime industry played key roles in the North’s victory, as did the valor of its soldiers and sailors: regiments from the Nutmeg State fought on dozens of the war’s battlefields, from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. The indoor portion of this program will examine various aspects of Connecticut’s wartime effort, concluding with histories of the State’s forces that fought at Gettysburg. After lunch, we will follow the actions of some of these units on the field and evaluate their role in the battle.
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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December 3: Encounters with History - "In the Wake of the Storm": Stories of the aftermath of the battle with Licensed Battlefield Guide Britt Isenberg
This is a half-day indoor 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. Since the guns went silent more than 150 years ago, thousands upon thousands of people have spent hours examining the tactical and strategic history of the Battle of Gettysburg. Just as important, but often overlooked until recent years, is the story of what was transpiring a couple hundred yards to the rear of the respective battle lines. Together we will investigate some of the macabre aspects of the aftermath as we step over fallen soldiers, picking our way across the battlefield landscape in an attempt to make our way to the rear in search of help. Hopefully we can find a field hospital, or some sort of salvation from the awful mess that we call Gettysburg, in the wake of the storm.
For questions or comments about Friends of Gettysburg events, please call 717-339-2148