World War II Weekend

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A row of tents at World War II Weekend in 2016.

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"1942: America Goes to War"

World War II Weekend
September 16-18, 2022

Join the Eisenhower National Historic Site in commemorating the events of 80 years ago for our 2022 World War II Weekend Event. This year's event will focus on 1942, a year when millions of Americans came together in support of a common, daunting challenge. The American people built their armed forces, supplied the Allies with industrial and agricultural might, began waging war across two oceans, and struggled to define freedom and citizenship at home.

 
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WWII reenactors at Eisenhower National Historic Site

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2022 Event Schedule

This year's event will featuring the following throughout the weekend. See below for a full schedule of specific programs and times. Note: Schedule is subject to change.

  • Living History Camp--Immerse yourself in 1942 by visiting our WWII encampment, featuring living historians portraying American and Allied servicemembers alongside depictions of civilians contributing to the war effort on the home front. Explore U.S. units training stateside, visit a USMC recruiting station, interact with civilians growing victory gardens, and meet Commonwealth troops fighting overseas.
  • Family Education Tent--Calling all recruits! Stop by the Family Education Tent for hands-on activities exploring the history of World War II! Create your own War Bond poster, learn about the Homefront experience, and explore the Family Activity Guide booklet. Our Family Education Tent will have an original 1940s Dog Tag machine on display for visitors to see! Those completing the Family Activity Booklet can earn their very own personalized WWII dog tag!
  • Tours of the Eisenhower home--Offered throughout the weekend. Tours consist of an introductory talk and a self-guided walk through the Eisenhower home.
  • Speakers Tent-- Join park staff and guest speakers for presentations on a variety of topics related to WWII. Full schedule is posted below.
  • WWII Tours of Gettysburg National Cemetery--Join park rangers for a series of free guided walking tours of WWII burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery, exploring stories of some of the 590 fallen WWII soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen buried there. These programs will focus on individuals who served and sacrificed 80 years ago in 1942. Full schedule posted below.
  • Exhibits at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center--Join staff from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Naval Heritage and Command Center, and the U.S. Museum of the Navy for special exhibits on the American war effort in 1942.

 
black and white image of Susan Eisenhower looking at the camera
Susan Eisenhower will be this year's keynote speaker

Photo courtesy of Susan Eisenhower

Friday, September 16

  • 5 pm--Gettysburg National Cemetery, Join a park ranger for a guided walking tour of WWII burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery. This program meets at the Taneytown Road entrance to the cemetery, auto tour stop #16, Gettysburg NMP.
  • 7 pm--Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Join Susan Eisenhower for our keynote program, a discussion of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime leadership. This evening program will explore General Eisenhower’s rise to prominence during World War II, as well as the leadership characteristics that he valued throughout this life. Susan is an author, a politicy strategist, and one of Eisenhower's four grandchildren. This program is free, though reservations are required. Visit the Gettysburg Foundation website https://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/news/2022-news/world-war-ii-weekend-2022 or call 877-874-2478 to make reservations. This program will be followed by a book signing for Susan Eisenhower's latest book, "How Ike Led."
 
A color photograph of WWII reenactors dressed in soldier gear standing in front of the white brick Eisenhower home
A group of living historians stands in front of the Eisenhower home.

Furious Fourth Living History Organization

Saturday, September 17

  • Living History Camp, open to the public 9 am to 5 pm
  • Family Education Tent, open to the public 9 am to 5 pm
  • Eisenhower Home Tours, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Tours are self-guided and meet in front of the Eisenhower home.
  • 10 am--Speakers Tent-Jared Frederick, "Respect and Authority: The Making of Dick Winters and Ronald Spiers in 1942"
  • 11 am--Speakers Tent-John McCaskill, "The Tuskegee Experience: African American Pilots in World War II"
  • 12:30 pm--Speakers Tent-WWII Veterans Roundtable Discussion
  • 2 pm--Speakers Tent-Dr. Frank Blazich, Jr., “Civil Air Patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1942-1943”
  • 3 pm--Speakers Tent-Antigoni Ladd, "WWII in Adams County, PA"
  • 5 pm--Gettysburg National Cemetery, Join a park ranger for a guided walking tour of WWII burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery. This program meets at the Taneytown Road entrance to the cemetery, auto tour stop #16, Gettysburg NMP.

Sunday, September 18

  • Living History Camp, open to the public 9 am to 3 pm
  • Family Education Tent, open to the public 9 am to 3 pm
  • Eisenhower Home Tours, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Tours are self-guided and meet in front of the Eisenhower home
  • 10 am--Speakers Tent, Susan Ashman, "Springfield Armory: Arsenal of Democracy"
  • 11 am--Speakers Tent, Dennis Flake, "Ike in 1942"
  • 12 pm--Speakers Tent, Julie Decker and Susan Protheroe, "Overlooked and Underappreciated: The service of U.S. Army and Navy Nurse POWs in WWII"
  • 1 pm--Speakers Tent, Dr. Tyler Bamford, The Battle of Midway: How the US Navy turned the Tide in the Pacific
  • 5 pm--Gettysburg National Cemetery, Join a park ranger for a guided walking tour of WWII burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery. This program meets at the Taneytown Road entrance to the cemetery, auto tour stop #16, Gettysburg NMP.
 

Community Events

On the evening of Saturday 17, the WWII American Experience Museum in Gettysburg is hosting a USO-style swing dance. For information on this community event, visit their website here.

 
Visitors interact with living history volunteers at an outdoor tent at the Eisenhower National Historic Site
Visitors interact with volunteers from the British Women's Land Army group at the 2019 WWII Weekend event.

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Living History Participants

Registration has closed for this year's event. For questions relating to event participation, contact us here.

Living history participants are asked to adhere to NPS guidelines and policies. Eisenhower's living history policies can be found here.

You may also read NPS Reference Manual 6: Policies Relating to Historic Weapons Demonstrations.

 

Last updated: September 26, 2022

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