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Registration Now Open for the 2014 Gettysburg Seminar, "The Unfinished Work"

2014 Gettysburg Seminar

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News Release Date: April 1, 2014
Contact: Evangelina Rubalcava, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3251

Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation and the Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg Campus are presenting the 2014 Gettysburg Seminar on September 12-14. The theme of the seminar is "The Unfinished Work: Abraham Lincoln, David Wills and the Soldiers' National Cemetery."

Events begin with a Friday evening panel discussion with Gettysburg historians. On Saturday and Sunday, Civil War historians, National Park Service Rangers and Licensed Battlefield will present a series of lectures at Harrisburg Area Community College, Gettysburg Campus (HACC), the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, as well as guided field walks & horse tours.

Lecture topics include: the pivotal role David Wills took in overseeing the work of developing today's Soldiers' National Cemetery; the ride that President Lincoln took to Gettysburg and its significance; the changing memories in Gettysburg of Lincoln's efforts in commemorating the Soldiers' National Cemetery; and the true meaning of the words from the Gettysburg Address.

Guided battlefield walks and horse tours will focus on: losses incurred by the civilians of Gettysburg and the nation; the memory and symbolism of the Soldiers' National Cemetery; the experience of the wounded at Gettysburg; and Lincoln's historic walk from the train station to the National Cemetery.

An evening eventon Saturday includes a light dinner and refreshments in the Refreshment Saloon of the Museum and Visitor Center with live background music provided by the Libby Prison Minstrels followed by a performance from musician and historian David Kincaid. Kincaid presents a compelling combination of songs and history of the Irish in the American Civil War. He has performed at a variety of Irish/Celtic festivals, historical sites and folk music venues across the US, and in Europe. His music has been used in several documentary films, and he was a consultant and performer in the major motion picture, "Gods and Generals."

The registration fee for the Gettysburg Seminar is $100 per person and the seminar is limited to 240 participants. For a complete schedule of lectures, field programs, and presenters and to register go to the park's web site at www.nps.gov/gettInformation is also available by e-mail to Park Ranger Evangelina Rubalcava at evangelina_rubalcava@nps.gov or by calling (717) 334-1124, ext. 3251.

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