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2019 World War II Weekend Schedule

A group of World War II living historians pose for a picture with a World War II veteran. They are gathered around Jeep and camp tents are all around the group.
World War II Weekend at Eisenhower NHS.

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News Release Date: August 24, 2019

Contact: Jacob Dinkelaker, 717-338-4412

GETTYSBURG, PA: On September 21 and 22, the National Park Service will sponsor its annual World War II living history weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site. The public is invited to tour World War II encampments of over 500 living historians portraying Allied and Axis troops.

Living history volunteers will present programs throughout the weekend on WWII weapons and equipment, communications, medical services, military vehicles, and the life of the common soldier. Several operational WWII vehicles will be on display.

The weekend also features talks by historians on a variety of WWII topics, a special “Hall of Heroes” in the site’s reception center where visitors can meet and interact with WWII veterans, a family activity tent and booklet, guided tours of World War II burials in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, a World War II era park ranger staff ride, and a World War II style USO dance. Both days, visitors may purchase lunch at the site courtesy of at least one local food truck. The full schedule is listed below.

Eisenhower National Historic Site will be open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm both days. Shuttle buses for the event depart every half hour from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center located at 1195 Baltimore Pike. Weather permitting, free on-site parking for passenger vehicles only will be available in a farm field accessible off of Emmitsburg Road, Business Route 15. Bus groups and visitors using wheelchairs should plan to use the shuttle system. For reservations, call 1-877-874-2478 or visit the Gettysburg Foundation’s ticketing website
 

  • Living history camps – Throughout the weekend, reenactors portraying soldiers from the WWII will be encamped at the Eisenhower farm, and will provide demonstrations throughout the weekend. Schedule of demonstrations is still to be determined.
  • Family Tent – Families can pick up their family activity booklet here and use it to explore the site and weekend’s events.
  • Hall of Heroes – Meet WWII veterans and hear their stories. Happening throughout the weekend, visitors on site can meet, interact, and take pictures with WWII veterans.
  • Speaker’s Tent – Throughout the weekend, historians will speak on a selected WWII topic. See full Speakers Schedule and topic descriptions here.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

  • 8:30 am – Eternal Light Peace Memorial - 1940s era park ranger staff ride (vehicle convoy) by Jared Frederick. Meet at auto tour stop #2, Peace Memorial, Gettysburg NMP. One and a half hours long, ends in the Gettysburg National Cemetery parking lot.
  • 9 am – Eisenhower NHS open to public including living history camps and family tent.
  • 9:30 am – Self-guided house walk-throughs of the Eisenhower home begin. Meet at front door of home (every 15 minutes, 25 people max).
  • 9:30 am – Hall of Heroes opens in the Reception Center at Eisenhower NHS.
  • 10:30 am – Speaker’s Tent - John Heckman - “Caring for the Fallen: US QM Graves Registration During WWII”
  • 12 noon – Speaker’s Tent - John Heiser - “The GI Experience on D-Day”
  • 1:30 pm – Speaker’s Tent - David Hogan - “In Search of Omar Bradley”
  • 3 pm – Gettysburg National Cemetery - “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Great Crusade” – National Cemetery walking tour. Join an Eisenhower park ranger in the Gettysburg National Cemetery to explore some of the stories of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen General Eisenhower commanded during World War II who gave the last full measure of devotion. Meet at Taneytown Road entrance to the National Cemetery, auto tour stop #16, Gettysburg NMP.
  • 3 pm – Speaker’s Tent - Jared Frederick – “Dispatches of D-Day”
  • 4:15 pm – Last Eisenhower home house walk-through.
  • 4:30 – living history camps and Hall of Heroes close.
  • 5 pm – Eisenhower NHS closes.
  • 7:30 – 10:30 pm - World War II style USO dance featuring 1940s music by the Gettysburg Big Band - Gettysburg Area Middle School - Open to the public.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

  • 8:30 am – Eternal Light Peace Memorial - 1940s era park ranger staff ride (vehicle convoy) by Jared Frederick. Meet at auto tour stop #2, Peace Memorial, Gettysburg NMP. One and a half hours long, ends in the Gettysburg National Cemetery parking lot.
  • 9 am – Eisenhower NHS open to public including living history camps and family tent.
  • 9:30 am – Self-guided house walk-throughs of the Eisenhower home begin. Meet at front door of home (every 15 minutes, 25 people max).
  • 9:30 am – Hall of Heroes opens in the Reception Center at Eisenhower NHS.
  • 12 noon – Speaker’s Tent – Ken Weiler - “The Russian Front: WWII in the East, 1941-1945”
  • 1:30 pm – Speaker’s Tent – Beverley Eddy - “Training the ‘Psycho Boys’ at Gettysburg’s Camp Sharpe”
  • 3 pm – Gettysburg National Cemetery - “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Great Crusade” – National Cemetery walking tour. Join an Eisenhower park ranger in the Gettysburg National Cemetery to explore some of the stories of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen General Eisenhower commanded during World War II who gave the last full measure of devotion. Meet at Taneytown Road Entrance to the National Cemetery, auto tour stop #16, Gettysburg NMP.
  • 4 pm – Living history camps and Hall of Heroes close.
  • 4:15 pm – Last Eisenhower home house walk-through.
  • 5 pm – Eisenhower NHS closes.



Weather permitting, free on-site parking for passenger vehicles only will be available in a farm field accessible off of Emmitsburg Road, Business Route 15. Bus groups and visitors using wheelchairs should plan to use the shuttle system.

A map of the Eisenhower National Historic Site showing the areas where the living history camps and visitor parking is located.
World War II weekend map.

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Last updated: September 18, 2019

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