National Junior Ranger Day at Eisenhower NHS
Contact: Carol Hegeman, (717) 338-9114
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Young visitors to the Eisenhower Site can practice radio procedure, invent code names for family members, or interrogate suspicious looking staff members to earn a Jr. Secret Service Agent badge and certificate. While Junior Secret Service Agents can qualify any day, on Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Eisenhower National Historic Site will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and award an additional National Junior Ranger Day patch.
Children ages 7 - 12 can participate in the Junior Secret Service Agent program and learn about President Dwight Eisenhower and how the Secret Service protected him on his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They engage in activities such as looking for suspicious objects using binoculars, physical fitness, and becoming familiar with surveillance equipment in the site's restored Secret Service office. Parents or guardians should plan to assist their children in this self-guided activity as they complete their Jr. Secret Service Agent training manual. When children are done, they must show their training manual to a staff member who will award them a Junior Secret Service Agent badge and certificate, plus a National Junior Ranger Day patch. Visitors are also welcome to attend programs presented by park rangers at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Eisenhower and the Secret Service.
Gettysburg National Military Park also has a Junior Ranger program. Children who complete activities within the Junior Ranger booklet can receive a patch and certificate any day of the year. Throughout 2013 they will be awarded a special Junior Ranger patch in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the 3-day battle of Gettysburg.
For National Junior Ranger Day on April 20, Gettysburg will also offer a special preview of the Sesquicentennial Junior Ranger keepsake identity cards. Junior Rangers can earn a keepsake identity card of one of six different Gettysburg soldiers and civilians - designed to look like a Civil War daguerreotype. Featured individuals include: a Confederate soldier fighting back in his hometown of Gettysburg; a local Underground Railroad conductor; a Cuban immigrant who became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army by the time of this battle; a nurse from the Second Corps hospital south of town; a soldier's wife who turned over her home to be used as army headquarters; and a farmer who helped to find, identify and rebury the Union dead.
April 20 will be the only day prior to June 29 when kids can earn these Gettysburg commemorative keepsakes. For the 150thof the battle, they will be available every day from June 29 through July 7, 2013, while supplies last.
Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily. All visits are via shuttle bus from the National Park Service Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg. Shuttles depart every half-hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and every hour on weekdays. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 6-12, and under 6, free. The Junior Secret Service Agent program activities are included in the site admission. Families should allow at least two to three hours to take the tour and for their children to complete the program.
For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717/ 338-9114 or visit the web site atwww.nps.gov/eise.To plan a visit to Gettysburg National Military Park go to:www.nps.gov/gett. After your visit, you can get involved in Junior Ranger programs in other parks, and on the internet atwww.nps.gov/webrangers!
Did You Know?
"French Mary" Tepe, a vivandiere with the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry, assisted with the wounded at Gettysburg and was photographed after the battle by Mathew Brady.