Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

Park rangers present interpretive tours and programs throughout the park.
Park Rangers present interpretive tours and programs throughout the park.

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Summer Ranger Programs


Enjoy our FREE ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Our Summer Ranger Program schedule begins June 10 and runs through August 13.
 
Title Time(s) Duration Location Day(s)
Battle in a Box 9 am
&
4 pm
30 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Hands on History Cart varies varies Museum
& Visitor Center Lobby and David Wills House
Daily
Meade’s H.Q. Open House 10 am -
4 pm
10 am -
4 pm
Meade’s Headquarters Sat/Sun
Brian Farm Open House 10 am -
4 pm
10 am -
4 pm
Abraham Brian Farm - Hancock Ave. Sat/Sun
Battle Walk 10 am 2 hours Varies. Check at information desk for more. Fri/Sat/Sun
Cemetery Ridge Hike:
Crisis at the Union Center
10:30 am 90 min Ranger Site 2
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery 11 am &
3 pm
45 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily
Join the Army: A Family Program 11 am 60 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Hold to the Last!
The Battle for Little Round Top
11 am 60 min Warren Statue
Little Round Top -
Auto Tour Stop 8
Mon/Wed/Sat
The 1st Day of Battle:
The Devil’s to Pay!
10 am &
1 pm
45 min Eternal Light
Peace Memorial -
Auto Tour Stop 2
Daily
The 2nd Day of Battle:
A Grand Terrible Drama
11:30 am &
2:30 pm
45 min Peach Orchard -
Auto Tour Stop 10
Daily
The 3rd Day and Beyond:
Stay and Fight it Out!
1 pm &
4 pm
45 min National Cemetery Parking Lot - Taneytown Rd. Daily
Cannoneers to Your Post!
Join the Artillery
1 pm 30 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Sat/Sun/Wed/Fri
Summer Reading Adventures 1 pm 60 min Ford Education Center in Museum
& Visitor Center
Sunday
Hardtack, Mud, and Marching:
The Life of the Civil War Soldier
2 pm 60 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Care of the Wounded 3 pm 60 min Ranger Site 2
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
The Forgotten Flank:
The Battle for Culp’s Hill
3 pm 60 min Culps Hill
Observation Tower - Slocum Ave.
Sun/Tues/Thurs/Fri
Gettysburg History Hike:
3 Days in 90 Minutes
5 pm 90 min National Cemetery - Baltimore St. Gate Daily
Long Remembered:
Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg
6 pm 75 min Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station -
Carlisle St.
Sunday
Sunset on McPherson Ridge 7 pm 60 min McPherson Ridge -
Auto Tour Stop 1
Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed
History at Sunset 8 pm 60 min Varies. Check at information desk for more. Thurs/Fri
Camp Fire at Pitzer Woods 8:30 pm 60 min Park Amphitheater - West Confederate Ave. Fri/Sat/Sun
Living History Programs
and Demonstrations
See Living History Page for more See Living History Page for more See Living History Page for more Sat/Sun
 

Battle Walks


Want to experience the battlefield from the same vantage point as the men who fought there? Walk the fields and woods that were fought over a century and a half ago and get a closer look at the famous and not so famous places and people that shaped the battle.
Water, insect repellent, a hat, and proper foot gear are highly recommended. (2 hours)
 
Date Program Ranger Start Location End Location
June 10 The Cannonade: “It Seemed Like Death was in Every Foot of Space” Chuck Teague Auto Tour Stop 16- Taneytown Road Gate, Gettysburg National Cemetery Stannard's Brigade Mnt., Hancock Ave.
June 11 Who Won the Battle of Gettysburg: Alexander Hays and the Blue Birds
Karlton Smith Brian House, N. Hancock Ave. 14th CT Monument, Hancock Ave.
June 16 Kershaw's Brigade Matt Atkinson Longstreet Tower, W. Confederate Ave. The Wheatfield
June 17 “Masters of the Field”-The July 2nd Attack by Wright’s Brigade Chuck Teague Auto Tour Stop 5, The Virginia Memorial Auto Tour Stop 15, The Angle
June 18 Final Fight of the Iron Brigade Caitlin Brown Auto Tour Stop 1, McPherson Ridge Auto Tour Stop 1
June 23 Monuments and Memory on Cemetery Ridge Dan Vermilya Auto Tour Stop 12, Pennsylvania Monument Auto Tour Stop 16, The National Cemetery
June 24 Powers Hill: Grand Central Station Troy Harman Flagpole at Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center
June 25 John Buford: Fighting For Time Brian Henry West End Entrance Station, Rt. 30 West End Entrance Station
June 30 Attack & Defense of East Cemetery Hill Daniel Welch Baltimore Street Gate, Gettysburg National Cemetery Howard Equestrian Monument, East Cemetery Hill
 

Camp Fire Programs


Rangers present programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Programs are held at the Park Amphitheater, near Auto Tour #6, at 8:30 pm. (1 hour)
 
Date Program Ranger
June 10 Bats of the Battlefield Dafna Reiner
June 11 The Berdan Sharpshooters Caitlin Brown
June 16 Cartoons and Caricatures of the American Civil War Chuck Teague
June 17 The First Modern War Troy Harman
June 18 Hero of the Civil War: Lt. Commander William B. Cushing, U.S.N. Karlton Smith
June 23 Insects of the Battlefield Strawberry Hill
June 24 Flagmania! The Passion for Flags in the Civil War Chuck Teague
June 25 “Theirs but to Do and Die”:
The 26th Emergency Militia and the Prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg
Jarrad Fuoss
June 30 Our National Pastime: Baseball and the Civil War Dan Vermilya
 

History at Sunset


Explore a new chapter of the Gettysburg story with a National Park Ranger. From dinosaur footprints to hidden monuments, World War I tanks to Civil War battle damage, Gettysburg is more than first meets the eye. (1 hour)
 
Date Program Ranger Location
June 15 Sentinels in Stone: Confederate Monuments on Seminary Ridge Dan Vermilya Auto Tour Stop 5, The Virginia Memorial
June 16 For the Sake of the Living: Bloodshed, Burials, and Archaeology at the Railroad Jarrad Fuoss The Railroad Cut, North Reynolds Avenue
June 22 A Destroyed Reputation: Religion, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Story of Michael Bushman Savannah Rose The Texas Monument, South Confederate Avenue
June 23 Women, Wounded, and Freedom on Cemetery Ridge Dan Welch Brian House, N. Hancock Ave.
June 29 The 1st Minnesota Infantry Zach Siggins Auto Tour Stop 12, The Pennsylvania Monument
June 30 The Eve of Battle Caitlin Brown West End Entrance Station, Rt. 30.
 

154th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Ranger-Guided Programs and Activities, July 1-3, 2017

Click here to see our 154th Anniversary Schedule of Ranger-Guided programs.

Last updated: June 8, 2017

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1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone:

(717) 334-1124

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