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Winter Ranger Programs


Winter Lecture Series: January 11 - March 22, 2020

National Park Service rangers and leading historians from across the country offer free hour-long talks exploring important aspects of the American Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Free tickets will be distributed from the theater podium beginning at 9 am on the day of the lecture. Doors open at noon.

Select presentations may be filmed for inclusion on the park YouTube channel. Check the park's social media platforms for updates.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm.
These programs are free of charge.
Limited seating is available on a first come - first serve basis.
Schedule is subject to change.


Sat. January 11 – Ranger Matt Atkinson ~ Freemasonry at Gettysburg: Fraternal Bonds Tested by Battle

Sun. January 12 – Ranger Bert Barnett ~ Gettysburg – Recovery, Memorialization, Preservation, & Commercialization

Sat. January 18 – Historian Codie Eash ~ Pray for Oblivion to His Memory: Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee
** Due to inclement weather, this lecture was cancelled but is rescheduled for Saturday, March 28. **

Sun. January 19 – Prof. Kent Gramm ~ Gettysburg: The Living and the Dead

Sat. January 25 – Ranger Steve Phan ~ The Defenses of Washington during the Gettysburg Campaign

Sun. January 26 – Historian John Heiser ~ Neglected Heroes of Gettysburg: The Army Mule

Sat. February 1 – Artists Pat Bauer and Dave Geister ~ Tales from the Little Log House on the Emmitsburg Road

Sun. February 2 – Ranger Angela Atkinson ~ The Second Middle Passage: An Examination of the Antebellum Interstate Slave Trade

Sat. February 8 – Ranger Troy Harman ~ Is Gettysburg the High Water Mark?

Sun. February 9 – Ranger John Hoptak ~ "With Eagles on their Buttons and Bullets in their Pockets:" South-Central Pennsylvanians in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry

Sat. February 15 – Ranger Daniel Vermilya ~ "These Honored Dead:" World War II Burials in the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Sun. February 16 – Ranger John Nicholas ~ What you don’t know can hurt you: The Information War and the Gettysburg Campaign

Sat. February 22 – Ranger Tom Holbrook ~ If These Things Could Talk: Treasures from the Collection of Gettysburg National Military Park

Sun. February 23 - Historian Christopher Gwinn ~ Memories of Battle – Union Veterans Remember Culp’s Hill

Sat. February 29 - Ranger Barbara Sanders ~ Beyond Lincoln: How Veterans, Politicians, Poets and Filmmakers Address the Changing Meaning of the Civil War

Sun. March 1 – Licensed Battlefield Guide Mary Turk Meena ~ The Messy Business of War: Civil War Runs Headlong into Politics as Politicians Fight for Power and Breed Jealousy, Self-Promotion and Self-Preservation Among Military Leaders

Sat. March 7 – Ranger Zach Siggins ~ The Flying Dutchmen: The 11th Corps on July 1

Sun. March 8 – Artist Wendy Allen ~ Searching for the Exact Location of America’s Soul: An Artist’s Pursuit

Sat. March 14 – Ranger Matt Atkinson ~ Earl Van Dorn: The Life and Death of a Confederate Cavalier

Sun. March 15 – Ranger Karlton Smith ~ Soldier in Training: James Longstreet and the Mexican War

Sat. March 21 –Ranger Troy Harman ~ Scouting the Union Right: Lee and Culp’s Hill, July 1-2

Sun. March 22 – Ranger Bert Barnett ~ Personal Turning Points: Jefferson Davis and George Thomas

Sat. March 28 – Historian Codie Eash ~ Pray for Oblivion to His Memory: Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee


Winter Reading Adventures: January 4 - February 29, 2020

Join a park educator who will read aloud two different children's books and then lead an indoor activity or outdoor adventure.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Saturdays at 11 am.
These programs are free of charge and recommended for families with children ages 4-10.

January 4 ~ America’s Civil War - B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet and Pink and Say

January 11 ~ Civil War Mascots - The Legend of Old Abe: A Civil War Eagle and The Eternal Soldier: The True Story of How a Dog Became a Civil War Hero

January 18 ~ Civil War Musicians - The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale and Civil War Drummer Boy
** Due to inclement weather, this program was canceled and will not be rescheduled. **

January 25 ~ The Underground Railroad - I Am Harriet Tubman and Henry’s Freedom Box

February 1 ~ Abolitionists! - Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

February 8 ~ Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln - I Am Abraham Lincoln and Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address

February 15 ~ The Battle of Gettysburg - Billy and the Rebel and The Soldier’s Tree

February 22 ~ Women of the War - Mary Walker Wears the Pants and Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds

February 29 ~ Bonus Book for Leap Day in anticipation of Women’s History Month - She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

Last updated: January 23, 2020

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