Upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events

April 17, 18 and 19, 2015
Spring Muster
Gettysburg National Military Park 
Museum and Visitor Center

Join the Friends of Gettysburg for our annual Spring Muster– a weekend-long event featuring battlefield  tours, special programs, an evening banquet, and an abundance of Friends camaraderie! For more information and to register, please click here.

April 19, 2015: 
Sunday Morning First Corps Open House at the Historic Sherfy House

First Corps members are invited to gather at the historic Sherfy House, located at 1137 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, for an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The open house will feature tours of the house and property by expert Sherfy House historians. A light breakfast and coffee will be served. 

Due to an overwhelming response, registration for the Sunday Morning First Corps Open House is now closed. Please continue to check our website for exclusive First Corps member opportunities! 

April 19, 2015: FriendsFEST

Join the Friends of Gettysburg on the side yard of the Rupp House, located at 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 
between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for an open market event with our Business Partners. Members and their guests will be able to visit our Business Partners’ booths and learn more about all the wonderful benefits they offer exclusively to Friends of Gettysburg members. Click here for a current listing of participating Business Partners! 

May 2 and 3, 2015: 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. To register, please click here.

May 16, 2015: Adams Seminar
"Off the Beaten Path" with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. 
There are many little side stories to the big story of Gettysburg – the ones that take you “off the beaten path” to places you may not have thought to go.  Some of these places are part of the history of the field itself rather than the battle, such as out-of-the-way monuments and traces of long gone landmarks.  Come and explore, and be prepared to “off-road” with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman!

To register, please click here

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. 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.
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

Save the date for more upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events: 

September 26, 2105: Adams Seminar

October 9 and 10, 2015: Fall Muster

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.