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Ford Family Day at Gettysburg National Military Park

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Date: July 30, 2014
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Contact: Mandy Moore

Ford Family Day

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gettysburg, PA (July 28, 2014) – The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to announce the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a day of designated FREE educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Saturday, August 9 in collaboration with the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. An activity-filled day for adults and children alike, Cyclorama, Film & Museum tickets and special events are free – courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

The Ford Motor Company Fund serves to strengthen communities across the country and around the world and understands the value of preserving our heritage. The Ford Motor Company Fund Educational Center at Gettysburg provides classroom space and learning resources to share the historical impact of Gettysburg with generations to come.


Cyclorama, Film & Museum- 8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter at the Visitor Center

Start with our feature film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, then spend time with the world-famous "Battle of Gettysburg" Cyclorama painting in the round, followed by a browse through the 12-gallery museum.

History Time- 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center at the Visitor Center

Be swept back in time as a living historian presents a reading of a popular Civil War theme children's book.

Family Activities Tent- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At Visitor Center Front Entrance

A Family Activities Tent full of special programs and hands-on history activities just for kids will be presented with a variety of history stations. Stations will include a stage where a different living history Gettysburg "personality" will be revealed each hour; drilling stations for infantry, cavalry and artillery soldiers, and other activities will be offered on this special day. Children will receive keepsakes of this event.

Live Music-

10:00 a.m.     Tom Jolin
11:00 a.m.     Susquehanna Travellers
12:00 p.m.     Jeff Trace
1:00 p.m.       Tom Jolin
2:00 p.m.       Erin Ernst

Ranger Site 3 (Outdoors)

A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the day highlighting musical traditions from historic to Americana.

Ice Cream Break- 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ranger Site 3 (Outdoors)

Enjoy a free scoop of locally-made Mr. G's ice cream. A specially priced picnic lunch will also be available for purchase between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the patio outside of the Refreshment Saloon.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org


Did You Know?

Cavalry on the road to Gettysburg.

The first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg was fired by an Illinois cavalry officer who used a carbine borrowed from his sergeant. He missed his target.