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2010 Calendar of Events – Gettysburg National Military Park & Eisenhower Site

Photograph of the southern portion of the Gettysburg National Military Park taken in April 2009 by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. for the York Daily Record’s Cannonball blog.
The National Park Service has announced the line-up of events and special activities for the calendar year 2010 at both the Gettysburg National Military Park and the nearby Eisenhower National Historic Site. Most of these activities are free and open to the public and many are “kid-friendly” events for the entire family.
While taking in Gettysburg’s fascinating history, don’t forget to make some time to take in the rich Civil War history of adjacent York County, Pennsylvania, where several important actions occurred in the Gettysburg Campaign that paved the way for the Battle of Gettysburg. Walking tours of downtown York, its Civil War hospital site, graves of Gettysburg’s mortally wounded soldiers, and other related sites are sponsored by the York County Heritage Trust.
For more on York County’s Civil War history, please see photographer and author Scott D. Butcher’s fine website York in the Civil War.
And now, for GNMP’s events.


GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK and EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
2010 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Jan 10 Perspectives on the Battle – Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in the Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on January 10, 16, 23, 24, 30; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124 x8023.
Feb 5 Book signing with Author Matt Pinsker at the David Wills House.
Admission fee. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
Feb 27 An Evening with the Painting
From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
March 20 An Evening with the Painting
From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
March 24 Evening Lecture Series- Politics of the Day at the David Wills House.
Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Program Fee. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
March 27 John Scott Adams Seminar Series – “Antietam at Gettysburg: A Discussion of Twenty Union and Confederate Brigades Heavily Engaged at Both Battles”
For more information or to register visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
April 10-11 Gettysburg National Military Park 13th Annual Seminar “The Aftermath and the End of the Campaign.”
Fee. For information and to register call 717-334-1124 x 3251 or visit www.nps.gov/gett
April 17 Press Corp Living Historians at the David Wills House
Living Historians will explore what it was like to put together a newspaper of the day. Learn how and why news was presented. Program free with paid admission. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
April 17 An Evening with the Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
April 23-25 Friends of Gettysburg Spring Muster.
For more information or to register, call 717-338-1243.
April 25 Friends of Gettysburg March for Gettysburg
Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, this annual fundraising walk benefits battlefield preservation. To register go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717- 338-1243.
May 22 An Evening with the Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 877-874-2478.
May 31 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies
143rd Annual Memorial Day observances. Parade at 2 p.m. followed by a ceremony in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park.
June 5 Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Work Day
Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, this annual work day benefits the preservation of Gettysburg National Military Park. To register or for more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
June 12 Interpretive Summer Season Begins
Includes a full range of FREE Park Ranger conducted programs, walks, tours, campfire programs, living history programs, children’s programs and Battle Walks offered everyday through August 15. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717/334-1124 x 8023.
June 19 Gettysburg Festival Brass Band Concert at GNMP
Featuring the 8th Regimental Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Wildcat Regimental Band and the Band of the California Battalion. Daytime events take place at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. All three bands will perform sunset concerts scheduled from 5 p.m. to sunset at the Pennsylvania Memorial. Free. Call for a program schedule 717-334-1124 x 3251.
June 19 An Evening with the Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 877-874-2478.
June 24 Evening Lecture Series-Lincoln/Douglas Debates at the David Wills House
Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Program Fee. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
June 25 An Evening with the Painting
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 877-874-2478.
July 1-3 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
A series of special National Park Service Ranger-conducted battle walks and “Real-Time” programs that follow the course of the battle over three days. Free. For more information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717/334-1124 x 8023.
July 2 Debates on the Square
The David Wills House is sponsoring live debates on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, weather permitting. Living historians debate a variety of topics pulled from 1860. Free. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
July 2-4 A Sacred Trust: Gettysburg Perspectives
Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, Sacred Trust brings together renowned authors, historians, National Park Service rangers, and others to share perspectives on the battle of Gettysburg with members of the public. Free. For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
July 11-16 The Eisenhower Academy
A one-week institute for school teachers covering Eisenhower’s foreign and domestic policy, 1950s popular culture and Eisenhower’s leadership. Graduate credit or Pennsylvania Professional Education Credit available. Fee. For more information go to www.nps.gov/eise or call 717-338-9114.
July 16 Debates on the Square
The David Wills House is sponsoring live debates on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, weather permitting. Living historians debate a variety of topics pulled from 1860. Free. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
July 17 Sunset Battlefield Photo Safari
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn about landscape photography through this interactive battlefield photo safari with a professional photographer. To register or for more information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
July 23 Debates on the Square
The David Wills House is sponsoring live debates on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, weather permitting. Living historians debate a variety of topics pulled from 1860. Free. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org.
July 24 John Scott Adams Seminar Series – “Sickles at Gettysburg.”
For more information or to register go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
July 30 Debates on the Square
The David Wills House is sponsoring live debates on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, weather permitting. Living historians debate a variety of topics pulled from 1860. Free. For information call 1-866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
July 31 An Evening with the Painting
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or telephone 877-874-2478.
August 7 An Evening with the Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
August 15 Park Interpretive Programs continue through late summer and fall
Free guided walks and programs at Gettysburg with National Park Rangers. Check at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on the day of your visit for schedules.
August 21 16th Annual Civil War Music Muster
Civil War brass bands, fife and drum and parlor music are presented in concert at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, followed by a concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial and the Eternal Light Peace Memorial in the early evening. Free. For program schedules go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124 x 3251.
August 21 Press Corp Living Historians at the David Wills House
Living historians will explore what it was like to put together a newspaper in Civil War times. Learn how and why news was presented. Program free with paid admission. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
September 4 An Evening with the Painting
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting, including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama. Tickets available at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
Sept. 18-19 World War II Weekend
A living history encampment at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Featuring Allied soldiers, a German camp, and World War II vintage jeeps and trucks and USO Dance (off-site). Saturday, from 9 to 5; Sunday from 9 to 4. Included in site admission. Shuttle service and, weather permitting, on-site parking available this weekend only. For more information go to www.nps.gov/eise or call 717-338-9114.
September 22 Evening Lecture Series-1860’s News Coverage at the David Wills House
Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Program Fee. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
October 15-16 Friends of Gettysburg Fall Muster
For more information or to register go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
October 23 Sunrise Battlefield Photo Safari
From 6 to 9 a.m. Learn about landscape photography through this interactive battlefield photo safari with a professional photographer. To register or for more information, go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 877-874-2478.
October 23 Press Corp Living Historians at the David Wills House
Living historians will explore what it was like to put together a newspaper of the day. Learn how and why news was presented. Program free with paid admission. For information visit www.davidwillshouse.org or call 866-486-5735.
November 1-30 Special Election at the David Wills House
The David Wills House Museum will host an interactive election throughout the month of November. This program will educate visitors on the pivotal 1860 presidential election and the election process at this time. Visitors will be encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite 1860 presidential candidate. Tallies will be updated daily on the David Wills House website, www.davidwillshouse.org, and on Facebook. This program is included with a regular general admission ticket. For details go to www.davidwillshouse.org or call 866-486-5735.
November 6 John Scott Adams Seminar Series – “Not All Survived: Generals Killed or Mortally Wounded at Gettysburg.”
For more information or to register, go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
November 19 147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
An annual observation with brief memorial services in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at 9:45 a.m., preceded by a wreath-laying at 9:30a.m. Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
November 19 Meet Edward Everett at the David Wills House.
This program is designed to introduce visitors to the main speaker at the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery and who delivered the “other” Gettysburg Address. Program free with paid admission. For information visit www.davidwillshouse.org or call 866-486-5735.
November 20 Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies
An annual event held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. A parade of Civil War living history groups begins at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. For information call 717-259-6156.
November 20 8th Annual Remembrance Illumination, Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation Luminary candles will be placed on each Civil War grave as a testament to the sacrifices made here in 1863. For information go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or call 717-338-1243.
November 21 Meet Edward Everett at the David Wills House
This program is designed to introduce visitors to the main speaker at the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery and who delivered the “other” Gettysburg Address. Program free with paid admission. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
December 1-31 An Eisenhower Christmas
The Eisenhower home at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is decorated in the traditions of the Eisenhowers. Some original decorations and Christmas cards will be on display; included in site admission. For more information go to www.nps.gov/eise or call 717-338-9114.
December 1-31 Holiday Celebrations of 1860 at the David Wills House
Visit the David Wills House and be treated to the sights and sounds of traditional 1860 holiday festivities. The museum will feature traditional d├ęcor and volunteers will provide educational programming outlining how the Wills family celebrated the holiday season in 1860. This program is included with general admission. Please visit www.davidwillshouse.org or call 866-486-5735 for more information.
December 22 Evening Lecture Series – Politics of the Day at the David Wills House
Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Program Fee. For information call 866-486-5735 or visit www.davidwillshouse.org
Dates and Events are Subject to Change.

For further information on park events, contact Gettysburg National
Military Park at 717-334-1124 x 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett
For information on the Eisenhower National Historic Site call 717-338-9114
or visit www.nps.gov/eise
For information on Gettysburg community events, attractions and
accommodations, contact the Gettysburg Convention and Visitor Bureau at
800- 337-5015 or visit www.gettysburg.travel