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Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-338-4402
Winter is a great time to visit and explore Gettysburg National Military Park. On January 6, the park’s winter programs begin. This year Gettysburg National Military Park is offering the popular reading adventures program for children ages 4 to 10 and their families, lectures, and a book series. These free programs run January through March 2018 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Winter Reading Adventures: The Winter Reading Adventures program is for kids who love to read, parents who want their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere. Winter Reading Adventures begins January 6 and runs every Saturday through March 10 at 11 am. Each Saturday morning, a park educator will read aloud a picture book, or parts of a chapter book, followed by an indoor game, activity, or visitor from the past. This year’s theme, “With Liberty and Justice for All,” will focus on influential people in American history. Stories include I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer, Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! By Frank Murphy, and Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone, among others.
Winter Lecture Series: Gettysburg National Military Park will continue its popular Winter Lecture Series this year, held at 1:30 pm on weekends in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from January 6 through March 10, 2017. Featuring some of the best National Park Service rangers and historians from across the region, the 11-week Winter Lecture Series of hour-long talks will examine pivotal turning points during the American Civil War era. From the Compromise of 1850, the Battle of Stones River, and the Lincoln – Douglas Debates, to the legacy of George Meade, these moments and individuals mark significant epochs in the course of the conflict.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series: Meeting from 11 am until noon every Saturday from January 6 to March 3 the Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series will examine significant works of history and literature on topics related to the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Gettysburg National Military Park invites you to read along over the course of the winter before attending the informal one hour discussions in the Ford Education Center of the park Museum and Visitor Center. Park staff will lead the meetings, providing a brief overview of that week’s topic and discuss the chapters read.
From January 6 to February 3 the Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series will examine our first book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His Private Letters, by Elizabeth Pryor Brown. This landmark biography sheds new light on every aspect of the complex and contradictory general’s life story. From February 10 to March 3, read along as we delve into Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows by Dr. Gabor Boritt. Boritt chronicles the crafting of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delving into the context behind America’s most famous speech.
“With Winter Reading Adventures programs for kids and their families, thought-provoking lectures on turning points of the American Civil War, and our battlefield book series, we are rolling out the welcome mat at our Museum and Visitor Center and hope to meet many new visitors and old, familiar faces,” said Chuck Hunt, acting superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park.