Explore the Gettysburg Battlefield this summer with park rangers
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park are inviting the public to explore the Gettysburg battlefield this summer on guided walks and programs beginning daily on June 11. Gettysburg rangers will explore the battlefield and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in a series of free public programs and special children’s activities about the battle and the Civil War.
Seven days a week throughout the summer, rangers will lead walks and programs at famous sites like Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill. The programs focus on the battle, key moments of the fighting, the aftermath, and the Civil War experience. In addition to rangers, costumed interpreters will present programs called “Visits to the Past,” portraying men and women who witnessed and participated in the events of 1863 in Gettysburg.
“Join the Army” is a program for children ages 6 to 12 where participants “enlist” in the army and learn something about what it meant to be a soldier in a Civil War regiment. Gettysburg’s Junior Ranger program is a free family-oriented activity that allows children ages 5 to 13 to become Junior Rangers by completing an activity guide as they visit the park and museum. In the park’s Museum and Visitor Center, programs using “Hands-on History Carts” offer opportunities for kids to try Civil War dress-up games, parlor games, and other fun.
For those who prefer indoor programs, the park is offering free daily programs in the classroom at the park Museum and Visitor Center – “The Battle Overview” and “Monuments of Gettysburg.”
Gettysburg Battle Anniversary Programs, July 1, 2, and 3
In addition to summer programs offered daily, rangers will present special anniversary battle walks on July 1, 2 and 3, to explore key events. These in-depth programs are three hours in length. In addition to these longer anniversary battle walks on July 1, 2 and 3, rangers are also offering an extensive list of “Real-Time” programs that follow and explain the battle in chronological order and as close as possible to the real time when the events described took place. The programs range in length from 30 minutes to an hour. “Real-Time” programs involve minimal walking, although visitors will need to make short drives by vehicle between program locations.
The David Wills House
No visit to Gettysburg would be complete without a visit to the town to learn more about the fighting through the streets, the aftermath of the battle, and Abraham Lincoln’s visit to give the Gettysburg Address. To begin a visit to the town, the National Park Service invites visitors to the newly restored David Wills House on the square in downtown Gettysburg. The David Wills House is operated by Main Street Gettysburg, in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park. Call 866-486-5735 or go to www.davidwillshouse.org for more information.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.
When you go
Begin your visit to Gettysburg at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. For more information and a list of these programs go to http://www.nps.gov/gett. For advance tickets to the film, cyclorama painting program, and museum exhibits, call 877-874-2478 or go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org