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  • 02/14/2015

    Gettysburg in 1863
    Location: Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center | Map Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Fee Information: Free of charge Contact Name: Gettysburg National Military Park Contact Phone Number: (717) 334-1124, ext. 8023

The Civil War in 1865 and Beyond
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2015

Today's Program: "A Peculiar Institution"- A Century of Licensed Guiding at the Gettysburg National Military Park, with Fred Hawthorne, Licensed Battlefield Guide.

On October 17, 1915, Gettysburg National Military Park began enforcement of a newly enacted regulation requiring anyone conducting a tour of the battlefield to be duly licensed. Yet the roots of the uniquely peculiar institution that has become the Licensed Battlefield Guides (or LBG's), stretch back to the immediate aftermath of the great battle. What caused the United States War Department to establish licensing regulations and how has the guide force evolved over the past century? Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Fred Hawthorne for this fascinating look at an organization that has become a battlefield institution.

This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m. in one of the theaters at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on weekends through March 8 and are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett

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