Additional Special Programs and Exhibits for the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at Gettysburg NMP
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
In addition to the year's Dedication Day ceremony on November 19 for the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation are also hosting and sponsoring numerous events and programs, including:
From Lincoln's Desk: A Special Display of Signed Documents – A special exhibit in the Gettysburg Address Gallery of the Museum of the American Civil War including the following documents:pages with signatures of individuals who attended the November 19, 1863 Dedication Ceremony in Gettysburg; a letter from President Lincoln to a member of his administration specifying remarks in a newspaper, and a signed pardon from President Lincoln. Opening Saturday, November 16 through 2013 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.Admission is included in the price of the museum ticket. Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17
Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg Foundation Lincoln Lecture Series – On November 16, 17 and 18, in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg National Military Park rangers and historians present free, one-hour talks about President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg 150 years ago, the story of Lincoln and his "few appropriate remarks," and the larger context and impact of the now immortal address on the war effort and the nation.
Breaking down the Gettysburg Address Line by Line, with Troy Harman, November 16, 1:30 pm, in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Ford Education Center. Dissecting the Gettysburg Address uncovers a profound understanding of enlightenment philosophy, Evangelical Christianity, ancient symbolism, gender history along with the promises and pitfalls of democracy. In many ways, the address capsulizes American History within the context of Western thought.
Millennium of Glory: Edward Everett and the making of his Gettysburg Address, with Chris Gwinn,November 17, at 1:30 pm in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Ford Education Center. Edward Everett was one of the most prominent American statesmen and orators of his day. Though overshadowed by Abraham Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address, the two hour oration Everett composed for the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery ranks as one of the towering achievements of his life. Who was this man and what did he hope to say that November day in 1863?
Lincoln under God at Gettysburg, with Chuck Teague, November 18, at 1:30 pm, in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center Ford Education Center. Our 16th President carefully crafted his Gettysburg Address to read verbatim at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery. Yet on the platform he was inspired to add two words he would have avoided prior to the Civil War. The story behind his change in perspective is little-known but important in appreciating Lincoln's emerging faith, and the impact Gettysburg had upon him.
These Honored Dead: Death and Rebirth in the Civil War - Join the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College for a panel discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, director of Death and the Civil War, and Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, on which the documentary is based. Q & A will follow; event moderated by Admiral Mike Mullen.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
David Wills House Open House - Follow in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg citizen David Wills, and numerous others 150 years later with a tour of the David Wills House, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wills, who hosted more than thirty guests on the evening of November 18, 1863, including President Lincoln and Edward Everett. View the office where Wills worked as he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery, and see where President Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before he delivered "a few appropriate remarks."
Date: Monday, November 18
Graveside Salute to the U.S. Colored Troops – On November 19 at noon in the Soldiers' National Cemetery at the grave of Charles H. Parker, located along the west side of the cemetery.Keynote speaker is Scott Hancock, associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College. Sponsored by "For the Cause" Productions and Gettysburg National Military Park. For more information go to: www.gettysburghistories.com
Bliss Farm Tree Planting Dedication – On November 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, in collaboration with Gettysburg National Military Park and The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's TreeVitalize program, will conduct a tree planting ceremony at the Bliss Farm on the fields of Pickett's Charge. The tree planting is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership's Living Legacy Project, an initiative with the goal of planting one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers that died during the American Civil War. The ceremony is free and open to the public and includes remarks by park Superintendent Bob Kirby, keynote remarks by General Gordon R. Sullivan (USA – Retired), a former Army Chief of Staff, and a performance by the West Point Alumni Glee Club. The event takes place on Long Lane just west of Steinwehr Avenue.More information can be found at www.hallowedground.org
The 11th Annual Remembrance Day Illumination - Join the Gettysburg Foundation in observing the 11th Annual Luminaria in which nearly 3,500 luminary candles are placed on Civil War graves in Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as a testament to the sacrifices made on this battlefield in 1863.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
For more information please go to: http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/150th-anniversary-plan-your-visit.htm or call 717-334-1124.
Did You Know?
During the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General John B. Gordon stopped long enough to give aid to a wounded Union general, Francis C. Barlow of New York.