Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

Winter along Cemetery Ridge

Winter along Cemetery Ridge

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Gettysburg offers a variety of ranger guided programs and battlefield walks for park visitors throughout the year. A full schedule of programs is offered during the summer months from mid-June through mid August with select programs that highlight different aspects of the battlefield and cemetery provided in the spring and fall. We also offer our Mid-Winter Lecture Series of indoor programs, held at the Museum and Visitor Center from January through March. Check our park web site prior to your visit for updated schedules and announcements!

 
2016 Winter Lecture Series

The annual Winter Lecture Series will take place from January 9 - March 20, 2016. Featuring some of the best National Park Service Rangers and Historians from across the region, this 11-week series of hour-long talks will examine some of the more controversial and complex aspects of the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. From Reconstruction to the struggle for reconciliation, the rise of the Lost Cause, and the creation of battlefield parks, the decades following the end of the war represent one of the darkest, least recognized chapters in American history. And yet so many aspects of this important period continue to define and challenge us today.

The Winter Lecture Series is held at 1:30 p.m. on weekends in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center from January 9 - March 20, 2016.


Saturday, January 9
Jubal Early and the Molding of Confederate Memory - Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, January 10
Louisiana Radical: James Longstreet and Reconstruction (1866-1875) - Karlton Smith, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, January 16
Power and Distorted Relationships: The Psychology of the "Loyal Slave" and "Mammy" - Troy Harman, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, January 17
The Long Road to Reconciliation- Veterans and the Record of War - John Heiser, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, January 23
Freedom, the Civil War, and its Complicated Legacy - John Hennessy, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
This program has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 19.

Sunday, January 24
The Rhetoric of Reconstruction and Reconciliation - What Does it All Mean? - Bert Barnett, Gettysburg National Military Park
This program has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 20

Saturday, January 30

Colonels in War, Governors in Peace: Chamberlain and Oates in Reconstruction - Daniel Vermilya, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, January 31
Monuments, Memory, and Reconstruction at the High Water Mark - D. Scott Hartwig

Saturday, February 6
"Trying to be a Radical and not a Fool": Congressman James A. Garfield and Reconstruction - Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Sunday, February 7
Impeached! The Rise and Fall of Andrew Johnson - Angie Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, February 13
Preservation and Commemoration at Antietam National Battlefield - Keith Snyder, Antietam National Battlefield Park

Sunday, February 14
Legacies of Letterman: The Army Medical Corps, 1864-1945 - Barb Sanders, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, February 20
Adelbert Ames - From Gettysburg to Mississippi - Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, February 21
If These Things Could Talk: 1866 and the Post War Army - Tom Holbrook, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, February 27
Furled and Unfurled: A History of the Confederate Battle Flag at Gettysburg - Christopher Gwinn, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, February 28
Longstreet and Sickles - Together Again for the First Time: The Grand Reunion of 1888 - Karlton Smith, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, March 5
"It was, indeed, a scene of unsurpassed grandeur and majesty" - An Audio-Visual Presentation of the National Park Service's Coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War - Jason Martz, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, March 6
"Our once beautiful but now desolated Valley" - Post-War Shenandoah Valley, Virginia - Shannon Moeck, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Saturday, March 12
The Aftermath of Pickett's Charge: Was There a Second Wave? - Troy Harman, Gettysburg National Military Park

Sunday, March 13
"We have made the most costly sacrifices" - The Consequences of War - Evangelina Rubalcava-Joyce, Gettysburg National Military Park

Saturday, March 19
Freedom, the Civil War, and its Complicated Legacy - John Hennessy, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sunday, March 20
The Rhetoric of Reconstruction and Reconciliation - What Does it All Mean? - Bert Barnett, Gettysburg National Military Park

 
Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series
Gettysburg National Military Park is pleased to announce the Gettysburg's Battlefield Book Series! Meeting 11 am - 12 pm, every Saturday from January 9 - March 12 this series will examine significant works of history and literature on topics related to the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. We invite you to read along over the course of the winter before attending the informal one hour discussions in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Park staff will lead the meetings, providing a brief overview of that week's topic and discuss the chapters read. The two selections for our inaugural Battlefield Book Series tie in with the theme of our Winter Lecture Series - the aftermath and legacy of the American Civil War.

Book 1: From January 9 - January 30 we will examine our first book, the recent classic, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horwitz. Horwitz traveled the country, delved into the world of Civil War reenacting, visited the battlefields and historic sites where the war was fought, and explored the numerous ways in which the legacy of the Civil War is still very much alive.

January 9 - Chapters 1-5 (pg. 3-124)
January 16 - Chapters 6-9 (pg. 125-209)
January 23 - Chapters 10-11 (pg. 209-311)
This program has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 19.
January 30 - Chapters 12-15 (pg. 312-390)

A Conversation with Robert Lee Hodge

Join living historian Robert Lee Hodge for a fascinating discussion and Q&A with this acclaimed historian, preservationist, and filmmaker on his participation in Tony Hortwitz's 1998 book, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War.


A Conversation with Tony Horwitz

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Tony Horwitz for a fascinating discussion and Q&A on one of his most important works, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War.



Book 2: Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Cause of William C. Oates, by Glenn LaFantasie is an examination of life and times of William Oates, the enigmatic leader of the 15th Alabama at Gettysburg. Oates full life took him from the taverns of Alabama to the slopes of Little Round Top and beyond. LaFantasie's biography provides an intimate look at what one Confederate officer did before, during, and after the American Civil War.

February 6 - Part 1 (pg. 1-67)
February 13 - Part 2 (pg. 69-109)
February 20 - Part 3 (pg. 111-171)
February 27 - Part 4 (pg. 173-243)
March 5 - Part 5 (pg. 245-309)
 
Stories in Stone: The Monuments of Gettysburg
More than just a battlefield park, Gettysburg is one of the largest outdoor sculpture gardens in the world, featuring over 1,300 unique monuments, markers, memorials and plaques. These monuments and memorials make Gettysburg one of the best marked battlefields in the world and each have an important story to tell. Join a Park Ranger in the Ford Education Center at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and discover the unique stories these bronze and granite sentinels tell.

Stories in Stone: The Monuments of Gettysburg is offered every Sunday, January 10 - March 13 at 11 am in the Ford Education Center at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.


 

2016 Spring Ranger Programs

Ranger-guided walks and programs are offered on a limited schedule annually in April through early June. Focusing on key moments of the battle, the aftermath and the Civil War experience, the programs are held at famous sites like Little Round Top, Devil's Den, Culp's Hill, and the Soldiers' National Cemetery. During this season, programs and program times can change on a daily basis so please inquire at the Museum & Visitor Center Information Desk for a printed schedule, or call (717) 334-1124 x 8023.

 

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