Upcoming Friends of Gettysburg Events

March 25: Encounters with History - Into the Vortex of the Conflict: The 12th New Hampshire Infantry at Gettysburg with National Park Service Ranger John Hoptak  Sold Out
This is a half-day outdoor program.  The program will take place from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. and include a moderate to strenuous hike of approximately two miles across grassy terrain. Late on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, the 12th New Hampshire Infantry of General Daniel Sickles’ Third Corps, Army of the Potomac, suffered nearly fifty percent casualties in a desperate and deadly struggle along the Emmitsburg Road.   Follow in the footsteps of this hard-fighting regiment, assume the identity of one of its soldiers, and learn his fate while discovering the largely unheralded and untold story of the 12th New Hampshire’s service and
sacrifice at Gettysburg.



Spring Volunteer Work Days: April 3 & 4

Enjoy a long weekend in Gettysburg and join the Friends of Gettysburg for a volunteer opportunity at the Gettysburg National Military Park. On April 3 and 4, Friends members will work alongside the National Park Service Maintenance Team to perform various maintenance tasks on the battlefield and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Volunteer just one day or join us for both. 

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April 21 and 22, 2017: Spring Muster
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.  On Saturday, eight different programs 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 boxed lunch will be offered in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Saturday Evening Banquet will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 7:00 and will include a silent auction, basket raffle and cash bar.

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April 23, 2017: First Corps Breakfast: The George Spangler Farm-11th Army Corps Hospital At Gettysburg   Sold Out
First Corps members are invited to gather at the George Spangler Farm, located at 1 Blacksmith Shop Road in Gettysburg, for a light breakfast and coffee from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  For six weeks immediately following the Battle of Gettysburg, the farmstead of Adams County native George Spangler played unwelcome host to the wounded of both the Union and Confederate armies. With some 1,900 men treated at the farm, the grounds were littered with dying and wounded soldiers in tents, in Spangler’s barn, his summer kitchen and even in his own home. Join historian and Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts to hear some of the individual stories of the soldiers, doctors, nurses, and of the   Spangler family as they coped with the aftermath of the bloodiest battle in American military history.

May 6 & 7: Heritage Trail Hike with Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk
This is a two-day hike that will depart at 9:00 a.m. on both days from the Museum and Visitor Center and return around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.   Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk for a 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 to those who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Both days 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 20: Encounters with History - World War II at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel
This is a half-day outdoor program.  The program will tke place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and includes an easy to moderate walking program. Visitors to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery often fail to look beyond the Civil War section to notice the hundreds of World War II dead. These include three men killed at Pearl Harbor, 13 who fell in the D-Day landings, the young pilots of B-17s, B-24 Liberators and B-26 Marauders, and one Marine from Allentown, Pa., who gave his life at age 15 on Guadalcanal. A colorful array of international & military flags are used to denote their graves. The tour is an easy walk confined to the paved paths and grass areas of the National Cemetery.

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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.

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July 15: Encounters with History - The Tactical Use of Artillery at 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. 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.

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