Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

Park staff present a Winter Lecture Series.
Park staff present a Winter Lecture Series.

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Winter Lecture Series

January 6 - March 11, 2018
Turning Points: Pivotal Moments and People of the Civil War Era

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Can't make it to Gettysburg? All Winter Lectures will be live-streamed via the Gettysburg National Military Park Facebook page.
Limited seating is available on a first come – first serve basis. Schedule is subject to change. This program is free of charge.

 
Date Topic Presenter
Jan. 6 After Gettysburg: The Army of Northern Virginia Tries to Regroup. Matt Atkinson
Jan. 7 The Battle of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish. Daniel Vermilya
Jan. 13 Capt. Johnston's Sunrise Reconnaissance: How Lee and Longstreet Lost the War on July 2, 1863. Troy Harman
Jan. 14 USS Monitor: The Ship That Launched a Modern Navy. Karlton Smith
Jan. 20 The Unfinished Work: The World Wars at Gettysburg. Jared Frederick, Penn State University at Altoona
Jan. 21 If These Things Could Talk: Artifacts in the Collection of Gettysburg National Military Park. Tom Holbrook
Jan. 27 Breaking the Final Bond: The Presbyterian Church and the Coming of the Civil War. Zach Siggins
Jan. 28 “A Great Weight at My Heart”: The Army of the Potomac after Gettysburg. Christopher Gwinn
Feb. 3 God Has Granted Us a Happy New Year!” – An Unappreciated Turning Point of 1862: The Battle of Stones River. Bert Barnett
Feb. 4 Cogs in a Different Wheel: Non-combatant Life During the American Civil War. Angie Atkinson
Feb. 10 Early at the Gates: The Battle of Fort Stevens. Steve Phan,
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Feb. 11 "before the fearful and dangerous leap is taken:" The Fateful Compromise of 1850. John Hoptak
Feb. 17 The Lincoln - Douglas Debates. Daniel Vermilya
Feb. 18 Gettysburg & Vicksburg: "The Confederacy totters to its destruction." Karlton Smith and Matt Atkinson
Feb. 24 “The movement was south.” General Grant and the Overland Campaign. John Heiser
Feb. 25 “God Knows My Conscience Is Clear”: Constructing George Gordon Meade’s Legacy. Dr. Jennifer Murray, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
March 3 After Gettysburg: Religion, Lee's Army, and Southern Culture. Troy Harman
March 4 Mark Mahosky: 30 Years of Drawing the Gettysburg Battlefield. Mark Mahosky,
Gettysburg NMP Artist in Residence
March 10 Personal Turning Points – Jefferson Davis and George Thomas. Bert Barnett
 

Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series

January 6 - March 3, 2018

Saturdays from 11 am - 12 pm in the Ford Education Center, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Limited seating is available on a first come – first serve basis. Schedule is subject to change. This program is free of charge.

This series will examine significant works of history and literature on topics related to the battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. We invite you to read along over the course of the winter before attending the informal one hour discussions in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The 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 we will examine our first book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor. This landmark biography sheds new light on every aspect of the complex and contradictory general's life story. Beginning on February 10, we will transition to our next book, The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows by Dr. Gabor Boritt. Boritt chronicles the Lincoln’s the crafting of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delving into the context behind America’s most famous speech.

We hope you will join us this winter, read along, and share your thoughts and perspectives on these two fascinating books.
 
January 6 – February 3
Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

January 6 Chapters 1-5
January 13 Chapters 6-10
January 20 Chapters 11-15
January 27 Chapters 16-20
February 3 Chapters 21-26
 

February 10 - March 3
Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows by Gabor Boritt

February 10 Chapters 1-2
February 17 Chapters 3-4
February 24 Chapters 5-6
March 3 A Conversation with Dr. Gabor Boritt
 

Winter Reading Adventures

January 6 - March 10, 2018
With Liberty and Justice For All: Stories of Great Americans

Saturdays from 11 am - 12 pm at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. For kids who love to read, parents who want their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere! Join a park educator who will read aloud from a different children’s book, and then facilitate a related indoor activity. This program is free of charge.

For weekly updates on our featured books and activities, follow us on our Gettysburg National Military Park for Teachers, Students, and Families Facebook page.

 
Date Book
January 6
I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer
January 13
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. by Jean Marzollo
January 20
John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
January 27
Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone
February 3
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers
February 10
Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner
February 17
Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! by Frank Murphy
February 24
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
March 3
The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson
March 10
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama

Last updated: December 6, 2017

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