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Gettysburg Foundation Announces Ford Family Day 2018

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The Ford Motor Company Fund is once again sponsoring a day of free educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event is a collaboration of Ford Motor Company Fund, the 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 and activities held only on this day.

The Ford Motor Company Fund has been an integral part of community events and education initiatives at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. As part of its commitment to the value of preserving American heritage, Ford established the "Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center" at the heart of the new Museum and Visitor Center when it opened in 2008. A decade later, the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center continues to serve as an indoor classroom and is central to educational programing at the Gettysburg National Military Park, including Ford Family Day activities. More than two million on-site visitors have participated in educational programs at the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center and millions more students have visited Gettysburg virtually through National Park Service distance learning programs.

Since 2014, the Ford Motor Company Fund has provided funding for the annual Ford Family Day each summer, which offers a broad range of free, family-friendly educational programming in and around the Museum and Visitor Center. Special Ranger-led activities focus on stories and themes that appeal to families and children. An encampment of living historians, representing the 15th New Jersey infantry, will be located on the front lawn of the Visitor Center. Period-dressed living historians will present demonstrations of 19th century crafts on the lawn and in the Visitor Center. Musicians will perform Civil War-period music. A local ice cream shop will provide visitors with free ice cream.

FREE programs include:

Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience

8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Timed Tickets are required and available at the Ticketing Counter in 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 world-class Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.

National Park Service Family Activities

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A Family Activities Area with a Junior Ranger Station and a Hand-on History Cart will be offered as will be several interactive, ranger-led Join the Army children's programs presented on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tap Snap Photo Booth

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“Picture yourself in 1863” at the photo booth using our Civil War props. Have a photo to take home and share with family and friends via social media and email.  

HiSTORY Time

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Be swept back in time as a living historian presents a reading of popular Civil War themed children’s books.

Live Music

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy Civil War period music outdoors at Ranger Site #3. 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

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a free scoop of locally made Mr. G’s ice cream, while supplies last.

Family History Hike

2:45 p.m.

Gear up for a hike to The Brian Farm. Hikers should meet on the sidewalk near Ranger Site #1.

Picnic Lunch

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A specially priced picnic lunch will be available for purchase.

Meet the Author: Book Signings

Join us in the Museum Bookstore for book signings from authors: William Styple, 8:00 a.m. – Noon and Jared Frederick from Noon – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit our website for event details. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.