Gettysburg Announces Battle Anniversary Events at the National Military Park
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Contact: Chris Gwinn, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3191
From July 1 through July 3, Gettysburg National Military Park will commemorate the 151st Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg with a variety of free ranger guided programs that examine the people, places, and events that made the three day battle a turning point in the American Civil War.
Visitors are invited to join any of the almost two dozen "Real Time" programs to experience the battle moment by moment, as it happened. In-depth and walking intensive "Battle Walks" programs are the best way to explore the field as the soldiers saw it, by following in their footsteps. Evening campfire programs offer the opportunity to reflect on the significance, meaning, and legacy of the battle fought over a century and a half ago.
All programs are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to wear proper foot and headgear, carry water, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Begin your visit to Gettysburg at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike.
A family activities tent is open July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and July 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. offering hands-on history stations, hourly special guest appearances called "Guess Who's Coming to 2014", and "Join the Army" programs to learn more about the people involved in, and affected by, the battle of Gettysburg. You can also pick up and check in your Junior Ranger activity booklets there. The tent is in front of the park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike.
During your visit, be certain to pick up a copy of the full anniversary schedule. Check the park website www.nps.gov/gett, and www.facebook.com/
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
Did You Know?
The statue of General Robert E. Lee atop the Virginia Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park was sculpted by F. William Sievers. A similar equestrian statue of Lee is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.