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  1. May 21, 2014
    Gettysburg National Military Park Announces Summer Ranger Programs, June 7- August 10

    From June 7 through August 10, Gettysburg National Military Park will offer a variety of free guided ranger programs that explore the Battle of Gettysburg, care of the wounded, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the monuments of Gettysburg and much more. 

    These programs, free and open to the public, take place on the battlefield, in the Soldiers' National Cemetery and at the Museum and Visitor Center, and last 20 minutes to three hours, depending on the program.

    New this summer is the program "Lives Lost and Saved at the George Spangler Farm." This farm served as the Union Army's 11th Corps field hospital with more than 1,900 Union and Confederate wounded. Park Ranger programs tell stories of the wounded soldiers and the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive. Civil War encampments will showcase soldier life and medical care. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate farm work and crafts of the Civil War period. Recently preserved by the Gettysburg Foundation, the George Spangler farm is one of the most intact Civil War field hospitals from the Battle of Gettysburg.

    The Spangler farm is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, from June 6 to Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the farm is by free shuttle bus from the Museum and Visitor Center only.

    For a complete list of ranger programs this summer, visit www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm For questions, call (717) 334-1124, ext. 8023.


  2. May 12, 2014
    Volunteer Service Vacation - Battlefield Preservation, September 14 - 18, 2014

    Join the Friends of Gettysburg, September 14-18,  for a five-day, four-night service vacation in Gettysburg. Participants will work on battlefield projects at Gettysburg National Military Park. These projects include, but are not limited to: brush clearing, painting fences, cleaning headstones, and other maintenance tasks.

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes battlefield tours and activities will also be offered. Registration fee includes accommodations, breakfast, and lunch each day, as well as supplies and equipment for the projects. Registrants must be age twelve or older.  Meeting location and other details will be sent to all registrants at a later date.

    Registration deadline is August 14, 2014.  This event is open to members and guests.  For cost/fee information or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.  

  3. May 9, 2014
    Encounters with History, August 16, 2014

    Encounters with History: 
    Our War, Our Constitution - Significant Constitutional and Legal Issues Arising from the American Civil War

    A full-day indoor program, hosted by Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick, discussing how the United States Constitution and the laws enacted under it govern, impact, and protect us all.  Its meaning and interpretation were stretched and tested greatly during the American Civil War.  Did the South have the right to secede (perpetual union or voluntary compact?)  Was the American Civil War a war (can the President blockade the ports of his own country?)  What right did President Lincoln have to order or allow the arrest, without charge, of thousands of American citizens (suspension of the “Great Writ”?) Did the United States have a claim against Great Britain under international law, for her role in support, directly or indirectly, of the Confederacy such as the Seaborne Blockade Runners, Raiders and Rams originating there (treaty/arbitration?) How were all of these issues ultimately resolved- the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, an International Tribunal?

    In the final module which describes Claims under international law [Runners, Raiders and Rams] that the U.S. had against Great Britain after the American Civil War, Arbitration will be discussed.  As practical and current real world matter, John is also an Arbitrator who arbitrates and decides many types of cases, including Securities cases between investors in the market and their Brokers, Financial Advisors, Investment Firms, etc.  John has offered to describe and provide examples of that dispute resolution process, potentially relevant and applicable to all investors in the U.S. investment market.

    Join Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick for a lecture and discussion of these important issues- important then and relevant today.

    This full-day indoor program (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be held at Gettysburg Seminary, Valentine Hall auditorium, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

    Registration deadline is August 1, 2014.  Cost of this activity is $80 for Friends of Gettysburg members and $105 for non-members.

    For more information or to register for this event, please 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/EncounterswithHistoryAugust162014.aspx