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September 20, 2014

John Scott Adams Seminar, September 20, 2014

The Gettysburg Foundation announces their John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered September 20, 2014, featuring Licensed Battlefield Guide Maureen Quinn as she discusses Forward the Colors: The Flag and Flag Bearers at Gettysburg.

An Adams Seminar is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. Program begins at 9 a.m. in the Ford Education Center Classroom of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

Quinn describes the seminar:  "The Color Bearers – the men who carried the flags in battle – were among the highest casualties in the Civil War. In just a few minutes during a battle, not just one, two, or three flag-bearers might fall. Instead, a unit might lose five, six, seven, eight – or more – in that short period of time, a grim accounting that would occur on each day of the Battle.The all-important flag signaled a unit’s movement on the battlefield – but it was also the emotional touchstone to home; to the home where a mother, or a sister, or a sweetheart lovingly stitched the banner. It was to be protected at all costs. And frequently, it was. The actions of the color companies to protect their colors were often heroic, usually deadly, and produced some of the most dramatic stories of the Battle. During this presentation, we’ll spend a little time looking at the origins of the battle flag and the various types of flags used by an army but we’ll dedicate the greater part of the presentation to looking at the men -- and the flags they carried -- and hearing their stories. In the afternoon, we’ll tour parts of the battlefield so that we can stand where the flag-bearers stood in battle. And where they once charged across the field, we’ll walk in their footsteps so that we can, as one veteran put it  -tread this consecrated ground with reverent step.”

Registration deadline is September 5, 2014. Open to members and non-members, the cost is $70 members and $95 non-members.  Optional boxes lunches are available for pre-order at $12 each.

(Please note: the repeat program of this Adams Seminar, scheduled for September 27, has been cancelled.)

For more information, or to register for this event, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.  On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/AdamsSeminarSeptember202014.aspx

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The Friends of Gettysburg is the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner working with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.  Benefits of membership are:  free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House, 10% discount on merchandise with the Friends of Gettysburg and the Museum Bookstore, discounts on public programs, invitations to member-only events and many more.

Membership levels range from individual ($32) to Gettysburg Society ($5,000).  For more information, please contact Marie Kuykendall, mariek@gettysburgfoundation.org, 717-339-2159, or visit www.friendsofgettysburg.org

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