Upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events

June 3: Volunteer Work Day
Work Day runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with lunch provided at noon. Following the Work Day, a National Park Service Ranger will provide an informative program at 3:00 p.m.  Information on the program will be available at registration.  Participants will spend a full day working on preservation projects at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, alongside the National Park Service Maintenance Team.  Work assignments vary each year, but include the following categories: building and painting fences, detail painting or cleaning headstones in Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, or clearing brush. Be sure to register early as space is limited.

To register for this event, please call 717-339-2148.

****A second session of this program will be held on July 22!****
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July 15: Encounters with History - The Tactical Use of Artillery at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee     Sold Out

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. Artillery played a critical role in the outcome for each of the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. Its impact was felt both by its proper use as well as by its occasional improper use. This program will examine the overall capability of the artillery at Gettysburg for each side, and review a number of critical locations on the field, for each of the three days, where artillery played either a positive or negative role. In addition, attendees will be able to examine and handle actual artillery items from the Civil War. The program includes an easy walking tour.

August 19: Encounters with History - “On Fame's Eternal Camping-Ground”: Gettysburg’s Famous Cemeteries with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
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. This is not a program about Lincoln’s 24 hour visit to Gettysburg. It’s about the other 162 years in the history of Gettysburg’s most famous cemeteries – Evergreen and Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. This program looks at the personal and political struggles to create both of these burial grounds and their development over the decades into what we see today.

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September 8 & 9: First Corps Event (Open to First Corps Members Only)
Join us for a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Little Round Top Preservation Project. On Friday join GETT/EISE Cultural Resources Program Manager Winona Peterson as she reveals the evolution of Little Round Top from a rocky woodlot to today’s historic hub.  On Saturday enjoy an exclusive, behind the scenes presentation and tour of one of the most significant locations at Gettysburg National Military Park – Little Round Top.  Walk the site and learn of the pivotal battle action that occurred there from Licensed Battlefield Guide Renae MacLachlan, and see firsthand the impact that millions of visitors make on the landscape. National Park Service staff will explain their goals and objectives for the project and Rob Kinsley, President of LSC Design, will show the maps, drawings and schematics for the future of this nationally significant site.

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September 23: Encounters with History - With General Meade on the Field at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Guillermo Bosch
This is a half-day outdoor program. The program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes an easy to moderate walking program. This tour will follow, as closely as possible, the footsteps of General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac, from the time of his arrival on Cemetery Hill to the time when his army left in pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia. We will then gain entry into the headquarters building, the home of Lydia Leister, and discuss the famous meeting with his subordinate commanders on the evening of July 2nd.


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October 6 & 7: Fall Muster

Friday Evening Program: Unwilling Witness to the Rage of Gettysburg: The Experience of Battle with author and historian Scott Hartwig.  The 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.  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 raffle will be offered in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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