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Winter Events

Winter Programming at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

Winter Lecture Series 2017: January 7 through March 12, 2017
Controversies, Myths, and Misconceptions: Refighting the Civil War
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Museum and Visitor Center

Winter is a great time to visit and explore Gettysburg National Military Park with friends and family. 

The annual Winter Lecture Series began on January 7, 2017. Featuring some of the best National Park Service Rangers and Historians from across the region, this 11-week series of hour-long talks will examine some of the more controversial and complex aspects of the of the American Civil War.

From Emancipation to the legacy of George McClellan, the Lincoln Assassination to the battle of Gettysburg, the history of the American Civil War is fraught with myths, misconceptions, and controversies.

Can’t make it to Gettysburg? All Winter Lectures will be filmed and made available on the park’s YouTube page: 

Lecture Series Schedule

Saturday, March 4 with Matt Atkinson, GNMP
Longstreet's Counter-march

In one of the more controversial moments of the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General James Longstreet's men did not attack until mid-afternoon on July 2. This delay possibly cost victory for the Confederacy. Join Ranger Matt Atkinson and explore what we do and do not know about the fateful march. Matt Atkinson, GNMP

Sunday, March 5 with Jason Martz, GNMP
“It was, indeed, a scene of unsurpassed grandeur and majesty” – An Audio-Visual Presentation of the National Park Service’s Coverage of the 150thAnniversary of the American Civil War. 
Over the past six years, the National Park Service has covered the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War through extensive photography and video projects. From behind the camera, Jason Martz and a team of passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers have spent countless hours capturing these once-in-a-lifetime events. They have been used for immediate use on web and social media sites for a worldwide audience and have been saved and cataloged for ages to come. Beginning with the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) in July, 2011, and ending with the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, Jason will highlight some of the most remarkable and stunning pictures and videos from the past five years. 

Saturday, March 11 with Troy Harman, GNMP
How Does The Civil War Qualify as the First Modern War?  
For 5,800 years of recorded history, wars were fought with pre-modern forms of transportation and communication, where the world was powered by windmills, watermills, literal horse power and human muscle, However, this all changed with the invention of the steam engine and its implementation in the 19th century. In fifty short years, macadamized roads, canals, steam trains, steam boats, steam presses and telegraph communication revolutionized the transfer of energy and power. By the 1850s, every aspect of western civilization looked and functioned differently than it had for thousands of years. It was in this milieu the Civil War was fought. What did the first modern war look like and how did it differ from previous wars? How did wartime observations by foreign emissaries alter the course of future wars?  


The Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series
Every Saturday, January 7 through March 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Noon in the Ford Education Center

Gettysburg National Military Park is pleased to announce the selections for the 2017 Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series—examining significant works of history and literature on topics related to the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.

We invite you to read along over the course of the winter before attending the informal one-hour discussions. Park staff will lead the meetings, providing a brief overview of the week’s topic and discussing the chapters read.

We hope you will join us this winter, read along, and share your thoughts and perspectives on these fascinating books.

Sickles at Gettysburg by James Hessler
March 4                Chapter 12-15 (Pages 213-300) with Ranger John Hoptak
March 11             Chapter 16-Epilogue (Pages 301-406); A Conversation with James Hessler


Farms of Gettysburg
Sunday, March 12 through Sunday, April 2 
1:00 –1:45 p.m. in the Ford Education Center

Before it was a battlefield it was a home. Join a Park Ranger in the Ford Education Center at Gettysburg National Military Park and discover the fascinating stories of the Farms of the Battlefield, and the people who called them home.

Sunday, March 12           Lydia Leister Farm
Saturday, March 18         William Culp Farm
Sunday, March 19           George Weikert Farm
Saturday, March 25         Basil Biggs Farm
Sunday, March 26           Abraham Brian Farm
Saturday, April 1             Moses McClean Farm
Sunday, April 2                Joseph Sherfy Farm

Special Family Programming

Winter Reading Adventures
Children ages 5 to 10. . .and their families!
Every Saturday, January 7 through March 11, 2017
11:00–11:45 a.m. in the movie theater.

Our new Winter Reading Adventures program is for kids who LOVE to read, parents who WANT their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere! Best of all, it’s FREE!
Each Saturday morning, a park educator will read aloud a picture book, or parts of a chapter book (see this winter’s exciting titles below), followed by an indoor game, activity or visitor from the past. . .and then give instructions for an outdoor winter adventure for the whole family! 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. . .

1. READ a new book with a park educator.
2. MEET a guest from the past, or CREATE something special from the book.
3. EXPLORE an extra special place at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Some of our winter reading adventures include: Marching like a Civil War soldier; cooking up some corn bread; singing campfire songs like “Goober Peas;” going on a museum treasure hunt; meeting General Robert E. Lee; dressing up like President Lincoln; or trying out a hoop skirt and corset!

Discounts for your entire purchase, including the weekly book selections, are available for participants in our Museum Bookstore, helping them to achieve their school’s independent reading objectives. PLUS kids who participate in five or more winter reading adventures will receive a special SOLDIER’S HAVERSACK to carry their new books around!

March 4:
The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War by Robin Friedman
March 11:
The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale by Trinka Hakes Noble

Message to parents: The Civil War was a real event and horrific in nature brought about by issues such as slavery that will be new and somewhat difficult for young children to grasp. Some of our book selections introduce and discuss these topics in an age-appropriate way, but we recommend that you spend some time after the program answering any questions they might have and exploring the issues with other books.

American Civil War and 19th Century Music with Jeff Greenwalt
Hear music from the American Civil War and 19th century popular songs on guitar and banjo.

Sunday, March 5: 10 a.m.

Near the musical instrument display in the theater/museum lobby area