An Eisenhower Christmas
Contact: Andy Tarbet, 717-338-9114 Ext. 4412
The National Park Service invites you to celebrate the holidays with Gettysburg's First Family at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, December 1 through 31, 2011. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Saturday, December 10, featuring refreshments provided by Gettysburg Tours, Inc.
Mamie Eisenhower's love of Christmas decorating is evident with mistletoe, wreaths, and poinsettias, while a candy cane-covered Christmas tree surrounded by presents brightens the living room. A life size Santa enlivens the casual atmosphere of the Eisenhowers' porch and gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding arrayed in the kitchen await the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren.
The dining room table set for Christmas dinner and the Eisenhowers' Christmas records playing in the background add to the holiday atmosphere. The Eisenhowers' specially designed White House Christmas cards are on exhibit, along with Christmas gift prints of the President's paintings. One of the original decorations from the first family on display includes a 1950s handmade Christmas shadow box. Park interpreters are on hand to share Eisenhower family recollections of Christmas in Gettysburg.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily with shuttle buses leaving the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 6 -12; children age 6 and under are admitted free. Advance reservations are available and highly recommended for groups of 16 or more. Reservations can be made by calling 877-874-2478. For the holiday reception on December 10, shuttle buses will run once an hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717/ 338-9114 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/eise
Did You Know?
On the eve of the D-Day invasion, General Eisenhower wrote a short speech he intended to deliver if the operation failed. It was discovered days later by an aide after falling out of the General’s pocket. It read in part, ”If any blame or fault attaches to this attempt, it is mine alone.”