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2012 Calendar of Events – Gettysburg National Military Park


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Katie Kawhon, the publicist for the National Park Service’s Gettysburg National Military Park, has announced the tentative schedule of events at the park for 2012. These range from the usual mix of ranger and licensed battlefield guides talks to special performances by various visiting bands and musical groups.

Here is the schedule. Mark your calendars for those events of particular interest to you!

          GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK / EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY 2012

Jan. 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29  Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. Join a Park Ranger for free indoor lectures on various Civil War topics.  In the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Theater.  For information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124  ext. 8023.

FEBRUARY 2012

Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26    Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. Join a Park Ranger for free indoor lectures on various Civil War topics.  In the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Theater.  For information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124  ext. 8023.

Feb. 25                  An Evening with the Painting – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

MARCH 2012

Mar. 3                     Encounters With History.  Civil War lecture “Longstreet at Gettysburg”  with Licensed Battlefield Guide, Jim Hessler.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Mar. 4, 10, 11       Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. Join a Park Ranger for free indoor lectures on various Civil War topics.  In the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center theater.  For information go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124  ext. 8023.

Mar. 14                  Nevada High School Marching Band.  Performance at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. 4:30 p.m.  Free.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  For information contact cbrenneman@gettysburgfoundation.org  or call 877-874-2478.

Mar. 17                  An Evening with the Painting – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama Historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Mar. 24                  John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Follow the Trolley Bed of History: The Gettysburg Electric Railway.”  Lecture and field program conducted by Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Mar. 31                  John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Follow the Trolley Bed of History: The Gettysburg Electric Railway.”  Lecture and field program conducted by Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

APRIL 2012

Apr. 14-15             Gettysburg National Military Park 2012 Seminar.  The theme this year will be “Gettysburg in history and memory.” Join Park Rangers, Licensed Battlefield Guides and historians, as they lecture and lead field programs at the Gettysburg Hotel, the Museum and Visitor Center and on the Gettysburg battlefield.  Sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.  Registration fee. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 3251.

Apr. 14-15             Gettysburg Heritage Trail Hike“Walking the Fields of Glory” walking tour conducted by Gar Phillips, Licensed Battlefield Guide. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Apr. 21                   An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Apr. 26                   Markham School Band.  Performance at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. 10:00 a.m. Free.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  For more information contact cbrenneman@gettysburgfoundation.org  or call 877-874-2478

Apr. 29                   Gettysburg Preservation Walk.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

MAY 2012

May 19                   John Scott Adams Seminar Series“1862: All hell breaks loose.”   Lecture and field program conducted by Joe Mieczkowski, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

May 26                   John Scott Adams Seminar Series“1862: All hell breaks loose.”   Lecture and field program conducted by Joe Mieczkowski, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

May 26                   An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

JUNE 2012

June 2-3                D-Day Anniversary Weekend – Join a Park Ranger for a talk on Eisenhower and the Men of D-Day.  World War II living historians portray a variety of soldiers and talk informally with visitors at the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  Fee included in site admission. For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

June 2 & 29          An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

June 9                    Gettysburg Summer Ranger Walks and Programs Begin – Includes a full range of free Park Ranger conducted programs, walks, tours, campfire programs, living history programs, children’s programs and “battle walks” offered every day through August 12. For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett 

June 9                    Exploring Eisenhower Programs – Join a Park Ranger for 30 minute walks or talks offered daily at the Eisenhower National Historic Site.  Free.  Topics include Eisenhower’s military career, the Secret Service’s role in protecting the president, Eisenhower’s Presidency, and the Eisenhower’s’ life in Gettysburg.  Programs offered daily through August 15th.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

June 9, 16, 23, 30  “What in the World is a Cyclorama?”  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

June 10                 Waubonsie High School Marching Band.  Performance at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  1:30p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  For more information contact cbrenneman@gettysburgfoundation.org  or call 877-874-2478

June 14                 Hike with Ike Walking Tours This guided walking tour in downtown Gettysburg explores Eisenhower’s life in the community.  Offered weekly on Thursdays, at 7:15 p.m. through August 16,  Meet the Ranger at the Gettysburg College gates, at the corner of North Washington and Water Streets. Free.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

June 16                 Gettysburg Festival Brass Band Concert – In conjunction with the Gettysburg Festival.  The Wildcat Regimental Band is scheduled to perform at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center as well as present an evening concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial.  Free. Call for a program schedule 717-338-4433 or 717-334-1124 ext. 8023.

June 18                 229th Maryland National Guard Band.  Performance at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. 1:30 p.m.  Free. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  For more information contact cbrenneman@gettysburgfoundation.org  or call 877-874-2478

June 29-July 1     Sacred Trust Lecture Series and Book Signing Event. 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.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  For more information call 717-339-2109 or contact csmall@gettysburgfoundation.org

JULY 2012

July 1-3                  149th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Battle Walks and “Real Time” Programs – A series of special National Park Service Ranger-conducted battle walks and “Real-Time” programs will follow the course of the battle over three days.  Free.  For more information call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023 or visit www.nps.gov/gett

July 7, 14, 21        “What in the World is a Cyclorama?”  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

July 8-13               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.  Registration fee. For more information call 717-338-9114 ext. 10 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

July 21                            John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Strategy at Gettysburg and the Fog of War,” a lecture and field program conducted by Ed Suplee, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

July 28                             John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Strategy at Gettysburg and the Fog of War,” a lecture and field program conducted by Ed Suplee, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

July 28                   An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

AUGUST 2012

Aug. 4, 18, 25       “What in the World is a Cyclorama?”  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Aug. 11                  An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Aug. 13                  Gettysburg Ranger Programs – Late summer and fall ranger program schedule begins.  Request a schedule of free, guided walks and programs with Gettysburg Park Rangers from the information desk at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on the day of your visit or call 717-334-1124 ext. 8023.

Aug. 17-18            18th Annual Civil War Music Muster – Civil War brass bands, fife and drum and parlor music are presented in concert.  Performances take place at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the Dobbin House Courtyard, followed by a concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial in the early eveningFree.  For more information call 717-338-4433 or 717-334-1124 ext. 8023.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 29  “What in the World is a Cyclorama?”  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Sept. 15-16           World War II Weekend a living history encampment at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with Allied soldiers, a German camp, World War II jeeps and trucks, and USO Dance (off-site).  Programs are scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and included in site admission.  Shuttle service and weather permitting on-site parking is available this weekend only.  For more information call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

Sept. 21 – 23        Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary Events – Special programs, tours, lectures and exhibits throughout Gettysburg.  Sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg Foundation and other community partners.  For more information go to www.gettysburg.travel

Sept. 22                 An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Sept. 22                 John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Into the Valley of Death; Defense of the northern slope of Little Round Top”   Lecture & Field Program conducted by Charles Fennell, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Sept. 29                 John Scott Adams Seminar Series“Into the Valley of Death; Defense of the northern slope of Little Round Top,”   lecture and field program conducted by Charles Fennell, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

OCTOBER 2012

Oct. 6, 13, 27  “What in the World is a Cyclorama?”  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Oct. 20                   An Evening with the Painting – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Oct. 27                   John Scott Adams Seminar Series“My pen is heavy; the press reports the Battle of Gettysburg,”   Lecture and field program conducted by Renae MacLachlan, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

NOVEMBER 2012

Nov. 3                    John Scott Adams Seminar Series“My pen is heavy; the press reports the Battle of Gettysburg”   Lecture & Field Program conducted by Renae MacLachlan, Licensed Battlefield Guide.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Nov. 16                  An Evening with the Painting – Two programs at 4:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Nov. 17                  10th Annual Remembrance Illumination, Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. From 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. luminary candles will be placed on each Civil War grave as a testament to the sacrifices made here in 1863.  For information call 717-339-2161 or go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Nov. 17                  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 or go to www.suvcw.org

Nov. 19                  149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address an annual observation with memorial services held annually in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The program includes the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Soldier’s National Monument, and a formal ceremony with a keynote speaker.  Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. For information go to  www.gettysburg.edu/civilwar/institute or call 717-337-6590.

Nov. 19                  Graveside Salute to the United States Colored Troops in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery immediately after the Dedication Day ceremony.  Sponsored by “For the Cause” Productions, www.gettysburghistories.com

Nov. 30                  Holiday Wreaths at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery – Five hundred holiday wreaths will be placed on graves in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of the Sgt. Mac Foundation’s ongoing effort to honor veterans.  For more information call 717-337-1728 or go to www.sgtmac.org

DECEMBER 2012

Dec. 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 call 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise.

Dec. 1                    Encounters With History – Civil War Lecture with Licensed battlefield Guide, Charles Fennell. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.  Register online at www.gettysburgfoundation.org, or contact 717-339-2161 by phone or email at dwarthen@gettysburgfoundation.org

Dec. 1                    An Evening with the Painting – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and conservation of the Cyclorama painting including an opportunity to spend time viewing the Cyclorama with Sue Boardman, Cyclorama historian.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for tickets or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Dates and Events are Subject to Change.  For more information contact:

Gettysburg National Military Park events contact 717-334-1124 or visit www.nps.gov/gett

Eisenhower National Historic Site events contact 717-338-9114 or visit www.nps.gov/eise

Gettysburg Foundation events contact 717-339-2161 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau call 800-337-5015 or visit www.gettysburg.travel, for community events, attractions and accommodations.