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Virtual Winter Lecture Series, 2021: Treasures from the Battlefield, Artifacts in the Collection of Gettysburg National Military Park & Eisenhower National Historic Site

A Civil War era repeating rifle and Ike and Mamie Eisenhower's folding chairs.
Items in the museum collections of both parks include a Spencer repeating rifle and Ike and Mamie Eisenhower's personal chairs.

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News Release Date: December 21, 2020

Contact: Christopher Gwinn

On Saturday, January 16, 2021 Gettysburg’s popular Winter Lecture series begins. These free digital programs will be broadcast every Saturday at 9 am from January 16 through March 27 via the Gettysburg National Military Park Facebook page. All presentations will also be archived on the park’s website at

Featuring National Park Service rangers and historians from both Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, the 10-week Winter Lecture Series will examine some of the treasured artifacts on display at Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS. Together, the two parks have one of the largest museum collections in the National Park Service, featuring compelling artifacts that serve as a window into the past.

“This is a challenging time for visitors to be able to explore the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum of the American Civil War and the Eisenhower Home,” notes Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park. “Through this lecture series we hope to offer virtual visitors a chance to see some of the amazing artifacts that are on display and highlight the powerful stories they help illuminate.” From Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal library, to the iron door from John Brown’s prison cell, the blood-stained sash of a Union artillery officer, and many more, these artifacts are priceless links to America’s turbulent past.

Last updated: December 21, 2020

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