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Three Days in Gettysburg: “The Unfinished Work”

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Date: August 4, 2014
Contact: Evangelina Rubalcava, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3251

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National Park Service

Students and scholars will meet in Gettysburg for three days in September for "The Unfinished Work: Abraham Lincoln, David Wills and the Soldiers' National Cemetery", the bi-annual seminar sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Harrisburg Area Community College, September 12-14, 2014. The seminar features panel discussions with Gettysburg historians as well as guided battlefield walks, horse tours and lecture by Civil War historians, National Park rangers, and Licensed Battlefield Guides. Topics include David Wills and the development of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg, the meaning of the Gettysburg Address, memory and symbolism of the national cemetery, the experience of the wounded and care of the dead after Gettysburg, and much more.

Saturday evening's event  includes dinner in the Refreshment Saloon of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center with music provided by the Libby Prison Minstrels, followed by musician and historian David Kincaid.

The public is invited but registration is required, attendance for the complete seminar is $100 per person. For a complete schedule, go to http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/2014-gettysburg-seminar-4-14.htm. For additional information, contact seminar coordinator Evangelina Rubalcava at (717) 334-1124, ext. 3251. 


Did You Know?

John Burns after the battle (Library of Congress)

John Burns, a 69 year-old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.