150th Anniversary Park Events
This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The event takes place in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at the Rostrum in the Soldiers' National Cemetery. The program, with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Dr. James McPherson, will follow. There is limited seating in the cemetery. An additional viewing area with a large screen video feed will be available near Meade's Headquarters off of the Taneytown Road.
The Dedication Day ceremony is free of charge, tickets to attend are not required.
Parking: At the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, and in designated overflow lots. Additional parking is available at satellite parking areas with a free shuttle to the event site running throughout the day. Check our Plan Your Visit for the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address page for additional information on parking, accessibility and other information.
For those who cannot attend Dedication Day, the ceremony will be broadcast live on November 19 via Livestream at http://www.livestream.com/encompass beginning at 9:30 a.m.
LIVE STREAMING TO SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
The 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address happening at Gettysburg National Military Park on November 19th will be broadcast live to over 70,000 colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums. Thanks to a partnership between The National Park Service, Internet2 and Internet2 Members, the event will be available to interested students not able to be there in-person. For more information on the live webstream at MAGPI,click here!
LINCOLN SCHOLARS BOOK SIGNINGS
Join scholars and historians for a special book signing event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Noted authors of works on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, the battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War will be available to answer questions and sign their works.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17
FROM LINCOLN'S DESK: A SPECIAL DISPLAY OF SIGNED DOCUMENTS
A special exhibit in the "Gettysburg Address Gallery" of the Museum of the American Civil War including the following documents: pages with signatures of individuals who attended the November 19, 1863 Dedication Ceremony in Gettysburg; a letter from President Lincoln to a member of his administration specifying remarks in a newspaper, and a signed pardon from President Lincoln.
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK and GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES
In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg National Military Park rangers present talks about President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg 150 years ago, the story of Lincoln and his "few appropriate remarks," and the larger context and impact of the now immortal address on the war effort and the nation.
Date: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 16-18
For more information go to: www.gettysburgfoundation.org
THESE HONORED DEAD: DEATH and REBIRTH in the CIVIL WAR
Join the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College for a panel discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, director of "Death and the Civil War", and Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, on which the documentary is based. Q & A will follow; event moderated by Admiral Mike Mullen.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Fee Information: Free of Charge though tickets for admission are required. To secure a ticket: 877-874-2478 or 717-334-2436. For more information go to: www.gettysburgfoundation.org
GRAVESIDE SALUTE TO U.S. COLORED TROOPS
On November 19 at noon in the Soldiers' National Cemetery at the grave of Charles H. Parker, located along the west side of the cemetery. Keynote speaker is Scott Hancock, associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College. Sponsored by "For the Cause" Productions and Gettysburg National Military Park. For more information go to www.gettysburghistories.com.
BLISS FARM TREE PLANTING DEDICATION
On November 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, in collaboration with Gettysburg National Military Park and The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Tree Vitalize program, will conduct a tree planting ceremony at the Bliss Farm on the fields of Pickett's Charge. The tree planting is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership's Living Legacy Project, an initiative with the goal of planting one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers that died during the American Civil War. The ceremony is free and open to the public and includes remarks by park Superintendent Bob Kirby, keynote remarks by General Gordon R. Sullivan (USA – Retired), former Army Chief of Staff, and a performance by the West Point Alumni Glee Club. The event takes place on Long Lane just west of Steinwehr Avenue. More information can be found at www.hallowedground.org
DAVID WILLS HOUSE OPEN HOUSE
Follow in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg citizen David Wills, and numerous others 150 years later with a tour of the David Wills House, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wills, who hosted more than thirty guests on the evening of November 18, 1863, including President Lincoln and Edward Everett. View the office where Wills worked as he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery, and see where President Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before he delivered "a few appropriate remarks."
Date: Monday, November 18
FILMMAKER KEN BURNS BOOK & DVD SIGNING
Join celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns, creator of the PBS classic series The Civil War and other great documentaries, for a DVD and book signing in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center on Tuesday, November 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
11th ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE DAY ILLUMINATION
Join the Gettysburg Foundation in observing the 11th Annual Luminaria in which nearly 3,500 luminary candles are placed on Civil War graves in Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as a testament to the sacrifices made on this battlefield in 1863.
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Did You Know?
The bronze likeness of an Irish Wolfhound on the Irish Brigade monument at Gettysburg National Military Park symbolizes the loyalty shown for the Union cause by the brigade's soldiers, most of whom were Irish immigrants or sons of immigrants to the United States.