152nd Anniversary Commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Special Events
Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation invites you to attend the following upcoming 152nd Anniversary November events, free and open to the public.
November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the David Wills House
Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 152 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. Tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.” The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. Co-sponsored by Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, this non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.
November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station
Visit this historic 1858 structure that served as a hospital during the battle of Gettysburg. The wounded and the dead were transported from Gettysburg through this station to other cities across the east after the battle. Abraham Lincoln arrived at the station when he visited in November, 1863 to deliver the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station is located at 35 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg. This non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.
November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dedication Day Ceremony
This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the 152nd Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, with Keynote Speaker Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion, a weekly radio program heard nationwide on over 600 Public Radio stations. The event takes place in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located in Gettysburg between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road, and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public; please feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for this event is Lot#3 located at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The Gold Line shuttle will operate continuously between Lot #3 and the Cemetery, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. In the event of severe inclement weather, this program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building on West Lincoln Avenue. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.
November 21, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Remembrance Illumination
The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 13th Annual Remembrance Illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road in Gettysburg, PA. This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening. Enter the Cemetery through the gate at Taneytown Road or the gate at Baltimore Street. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org