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Ford Family Day

Join us on August 5 for Ford Family Day!

The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a day of free educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 5. The event is a collaboration of Ford, Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. The public is welcome to come and enjoy an activity-filled day for adults and children alike, with free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum, along with other special events held only on this day.

FREE programs include:

Cyclorama, Film and Museum
8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter at the Visitor Center
Start with our feature film “A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman, then spend time with the world-famous “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama painting in the round, followed by a browse through the 12-gallery museum.

Explore and More with a Licensed Battlefield Guide
1:00 a.m. -1:45 p.m.
45-minute interactive Monumental Treasure Hunt with a Licensed Battlefield Guide.
Located in Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center at the Visitor Center

NPS Family Activities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Civil War Selfies -- Dress up like a Union or Confederate soldier, farmer or shopkeeper, doctor, nurse, or even the President and Mrs. Lincoln at this station in the Group Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Junior Ranger Station -- Also pick-up or turn in your Junior Ranger activity book in the Group Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hands-On History Cart -- Here's your opportunity to feel the weight of an artillery shell, see a surgeon's saw, or wave the regimental colors, and more! You can pick up or drop off your Junior Ranger booklet here as well in the Group Lobby from 2 p.m. to p.m.

Summer Reading Adventures -- We will be reading "The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale" by Trinka Hakes Noble at 10:00 and "Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero" by Cheryl Harnessat 12:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center. Join a park ranger to explore these books and related activities or special guests from the past.

Join the Army -- Take your Oath of Allegiance, see and feel the equipment of a Civil War soldier, participate in marching drill, and send out scouts to find and fight the enemy. Two opportunities to Join the Army at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center.

Live Music
Enjoy Civil War period music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outdoors. Come sing, dance and tap your toes to the lively music. A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the day highlighting musical traditions from historic to Americana selections.

Ice Cream Break
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last). Enjoy a free scoop of locally made Mr. G’s ice cream.

Living History Encampment
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Picnic Lunch
A specially priced picnic lunch will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Ford Motor Company Fund
The Ford Motor Company Fund serves to strengthen communities across the country and around the world and understands the value of preserving our heritage. The Ford Motor Company Fund Educational Center at Gettysburg provides classroom space and learning resources to share the historical impact of Gettysburg with generations to come.

The Gettysburg Foundation
The Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.