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Episode 5 of Public Television Series to Premiere at Gettysburg February 2 - Civil War: the Untold Story

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Date: January 9, 2014
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121

Episode five of a new Public Television Series, Civil War: the Untold Story, will premiere at Gettysburg National Military Park on February 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the film theater of the park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. The 60-minute film will be presented in conjunction with Gettysburg NMP's winter lecture series about the Civil War in 1864.

Episode five – With Malice Towards None focuses on the Western Theater of the war and the events in 1864 that would bring the final impetus in ending the Civil War, including the movement towards Abraham Lincoln's second term election. Produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, the new documentary series will be shown nationally on public television stations beginning in April 2014.

Admission is free. Seating is limited to 185 people.

After the film, the park and the Gettysburg Foundation are hosting a panel discussion with the film's Producer, Director and Writer Chris Wheeler; Carol Shively, the National Park Service Southeast Regional Communications Director for the Civil War to Civil Rights Project; Dr. Allen Guelzo, Historian and Professor of History at Gettysburg College; Dr. Robert Sutton, Chief Historian for the National Park Service; and John Heiser, Park Ranger/Historian for Gettysburg National Military Park.

In addition, a book-signing will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Dr. Allen Guelzo and Dr. Robert Sutton in the lobby of the Visitor Center.

The Gettysburg NMP Winter Lecture Series takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from January 4 through March 9. For a full list of topics go to: http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/upload/NPS-Winter-Lecture-Series-2014-Schedule_Final.pdf or call 717/ 334-1124 x 8023.

PANELIST BIOS:

Chris Wheeler, an award winning producer, director and photojournalist, provides the creative vision and guidance over all programming for Great Divide Pictures out of Denver, Colorado. He has produced and directed more than 25 visitor center films for the National Park Service, including films for Shiloh National Military Park, Crater Lake National Park and Big Bend National Park. Wheeler has also produced documentaries for the History Channel (Warriors) and Discovery (Our Time in Hell: the Korean War, How the West Was Lost).

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2005, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, which won the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for 2008. His most recent work on Lincoln is Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas, (a collection of essays published in 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press) and Lincoln, a volume in Oxford University Press's 'Very Short Introductions' series (also 2009). His book on the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf, 2013) spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Brian's Lamb's Book Notes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. For Civil War: the Untold Story, Dr. Guelzo was one of the primary historians who provided commentary throughout the piece.

Dr. Robert K. Sutton assumed the duties of Chief Historian of the National Park Service in October 2007. He came to this position after serving as the Superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park. From 1986 to 1990, he directed the Historic Preservation and Historical Administration public history programs at Arizona State University. He has published a number of books including, The Civil War Remembered, American Indians and the Civil War and Slavery in the United States: A Brief Narrative History as well as numerous articles and reviews on various public history topics. One of his primary interests at Manassas Battlefield and in his current position is preparing for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and as part of that effort, he has encouraged Civil War battlefields to expand their interpretive programs to focus more attention to the social, economic, and political issues during the Civil War Era. As part of this effort, he reviewed the script for Civil War: The Untold Story, and recommended historians for on-camera interviews throughout the series.

Carol Shively is the Communications Coordinator for the Civil War to Civil Rights Commemoration in the Southeast Region of the National Park Service. As such, she coordinates events and products among the region's 37 related parks and with the Service at large. As part of this effort, she has managed a series of publications designed to tell the lesser known stories of the Civil War in order to make it more relevant to more people: Slavery: Cause & Catalyst of the Civil War, Hispanics and the Civil War, and American Indians and the Civil War. The next book in the series, Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, is in progress. Carol served as the primary NPS liaison to the Great Divide Production, Civil War: The Untold Story. and Carol has graciously agreed to be the Moderator for the Panel Discussion.

Representing Gettysburg National Military Park is John Heiser. A native of Raleigh North Carolina, John has been a National Park Ranger since 1976. His NPS story began as a seasonal interpreter at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP in Fredericksburg, VA and he came to GNMP as a seasonal park ranger interpreter in 1980. His appointments over the past thirty years have included positions as a seasonal ranger interpreter, assistant to the chief park historian and park draftsman. In 1989, he was appointed Facility Management Specialist in the Structures Preservation and Maintenance Division where he coordinated the park's "Adopt-A-Position" program. Since 1997, Mr. Heiser has held the official title of park ranger/historian and has worked in the Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services at GNMP with the primary duties of maintaining the park's web site, coordinating the library, gathering and sorting research data, and assisting researchers, as well as providing battlefield tours and anniversary programs.

Gettysburg National Military Park 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. More information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.

Did You Know?

General George G. Meade

Major General George Gordon Meade was appointed to command the Union "Army of the Potomac" just three days before the battle of Gettysburg. He was honored in 1896 with an equestrian statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.