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  1. October 29, 2014
    Holiday Open House at the Historic Rupp House, December 7, 2014

    Join the Friends of Gettysburg at the Historic Rupp House on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. as we conclude our 25th anniversary celebrations with a Civil War-era Christmas Open House at the Historic Rupp House! The festivities will include a meet and greet with Santa Claus, light refreshments, special museum exhibits, and more.

    The Rupp House is located at 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA. This event is free and open to the public.

    The Friends of Gettysburg thank the following sponsors for their generous support in celebrating 25 years of preservation, education, and dedication: PNC, Booz Allen Hamilton, Gettysburg Tour Center, FGV Media, Warfield & Walsh, Adams Electric Cooperative, C.S. Davidson, Rice Fruit Company, Wyndham Gettysburg, Utz Quality Food, and Turkey Hill.

    For more information, please call Ann Swade at 717-339-2148.
     

  2. October 29, 2014
    Encounters With History: Lee and Ewell at High Tide, December 6, 2014

    Encounters With History: Lee and Ewell at High Tide
    December 6, 2014

    A full-day indoor program, hosted by Licensed Battlefield Guide Charlie Fennell. This program will critically analyze the working relationship between Robert E. Lee, commanding the Army of the Northern Virginia, and Richard S. Ewell, the newly appointed Commander of the II Corps of that Army during the Gettysburg campaign.

    This full-day indoor program (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be held in the Ford Education Classroom at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

    Registration deadline is November 21, 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/EncounterswithHistoryDecember62014.aspx


    Become a Member! 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
     

  3. October 29, 2014
    151st Anniversary Commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Special Events

    We invite you to attend the following upcoming 151st Anniversary November events, free and open to the public, sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation.

    November 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:300 p.m.: “The Better Angels”
    An exclusive screening of the new feature film, directed by A.J. Edwards, about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood. This event will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Open to the public, free tickets for this program are available by calling 877-874-2478.

    November 15, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. book signing: Jeff Shaara
    Author Jeff Shaara will be on hand to sign books in the main lobby of the Gettysburg Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

    November 15, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. book signing; 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. lecture: Harold Holzer Book Signing and Lecture
    Harold Holzer, author and historian, will autograph copies of his newest book: Lincoln and the Power of the Press: the War for Public Opinion at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg. Following the book signing, Holzer will speak on “Lincoln and the Press; at Gettysburg and Beyond.” Books will be available for purchase at the Museum and Visitor Center bookstore. The lecture is free and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served ticketed basis. Both events are free and open to the public. Free tickets for the lecture are available by calling 877- 874-2478.

    November 15, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: 151st Remembrance Illumination
    The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 12th Annual Remembrance Illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, located between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road in Gettysburg, PA. This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening. Enter the Cemetery through the gate at Taneytown Road or the gate at Baltimore Street. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

    November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Evening at the David Wills House
    Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 151 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. Tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.” The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. Co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, this non-ticketed special event is free and open to the public.

    November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Dedication Day Ceremony
    This Dedication Day Ceremony will observe the 151st Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, with Kent Masterson Brown as keynote speaker. The event takes place in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, located in Gettysburg between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road, and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public; please feel free to bring lawn chairs. Parking for this event is Lot#3 located at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The Gold Line shuttle will operate continuously between Lot #3 and the Cemetery, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. In the event of severe inclement weather, this program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building on West Lincoln Avenue. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

    November 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: “Christmas in the 1860s”
    The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era as they recreate an authentic 1860s Christmas Ball and will have a chance to take part in these dances. Dance demonstrations will be held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Exhibits will showcase photography and newspaper displays of the era along with a jewelry and fan display. In the spirit of holiday giving, the CWDF will also have “Soldiers Boxes” on hand for donations to our military. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6658 will collect and distribute these items to give to our troops. Requested donations include items such as shampoo, disposable razors, deodorant, toothpaste, package of tee-shirts (sizes M-XL.) The Gettysburg Foundation will be giving away free museum only tickets for those visitors bringing in donations and/or money needed for our deployed military. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org
     

  4. October 29, 2014
    "Christmas in the 1860s", November 29, 2014

    Join the Gettysburg Foundation on November 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as they present “Christmas in the 1860s”. The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era as they recreate an authentic 1860s Christmas Ball and will have a chance to take part in these dances. Dance demonstrations will be held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

    Exhibits will showcase photography and newspaper displays of the era along with a jewelry and fan display.

    In the spirit of holiday giving, the CWDF will also have “Soldiers Boxes” on hand for donations to our military. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6658 will collect and distribute these items to give to our troops. Requested donations include items such as shampoo, disposable razors, deodorant, toothpaste, package of tee-shirts (sizes M-XL.) The Gettysburg Foundation will be giving away free museum only tickets for those visitors bringing in donations and/or money needed for our deployed military.

    The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org

  5. October 23, 2014
    Jeff Shaara Book Signing, November 15, 2014

    On November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., author Jeff Shaara will be on hand to sign books in the main lobby of the Gettysburg Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.

    This event is free and open to the public.
     

  6. October 20, 2014
    "The Better Angels" - Exclusive Screening, November 14, 2014

    Join us on November 14 at 7:00 p.m. for an exclusive screening of  “The Better Angels” - the new feature film, directed by A.J. Edwards, about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood. This event will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.

    Due to limited seating, free tickets are required for this program and are now available by calling 877-874-2478.
     

  7. October 20, 2014
    Dedication Day: Kent Masterson Brown to Speak at 151st Anniversary of Gettysburg Address, November 19, 2014

    The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College, and the Gettysburg Foundation are pleased to announce that the Dedication Day events of November 19, 2014 will feature Kent Masterson Brown as the keynote speaker. This ceremony, held at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, will mark the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. 

    Brown is author of the biography of Lt. Alonzo Cushing, a West Point graduate who died in the Battle of Gettysburg at the age of 22, and soon to be recipient of a Medal of Honor 151 years later.   Brown has authored several books on Gettysburg, was the first Chairman of the Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation.

    At 10:00 a.m., the day’s events will begin with the Dedication Day Program at the rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument.   This year 50 members of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier will be participating in the program.   Lincoln portrayer James Getty will recite the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a naturalization ceremony for sixteen citizen candidates.

    Since 1938 the Lincoln Fellowship has been commemorating November 19th in Gettysburg.   In 1946 it was officially declared Dedication Day by a joint resolution from the Senate and the House of Representatives, recommending that the “address be read throughout the United States and its possessions, on our ships at sea and wherever the American flag flies.”  Past speakers include Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Ridge, John Hope Franklin, Shelby Foote, Adlai Stevenson, Carl Sandburg, Colin Powell, Jack Kemp, Stephan Lang, Richard Dreyfuss, Sam Donaldson, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw, and Steven Spielberg.

    This event is free and open to the general public.  A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, so feel free to bring lawn chairs.  We also recommend visitors park at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in Lot #3 and take the free Gold Line Shuttle to the Cemetery.  The Gold Line will operate from 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  For more information visit www.lincolnfellowship.org.

    In the event of severe inclement weather, the program will relocate to the Gettysburg College Union Building Ballroom on West Lincoln Avenue. 

    Contact:          Tina M. Grim
    Chairperson, Dedication Day Committee
    Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania
    tgrim@gettysburgfoundation.org
    717-339-2104 or 717-253-2443 (cell)
     

  8. August 29, 2014
    An Evening at the David Wills House, November 18, 2014

    Visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln, orator Edward Everett and numerous other dignitaries spent the evening 151 years ago on November 18, 1863, when the Wills family hosted 38 guests at their home the night before the Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication ceremony. On November 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., tour David Wills’ office, where he oversaw the creation and dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the room where Lincoln finished his now immortal Gettysburg Address the night before delivering “a few appropriate remarks.”

    Sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation, this event is free and open to the public.

    The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square. 

    For more information, please call 717-338-1243.

  9. August 29, 2014
    Remembrance Illumination, November 15, 2014

    The Gettysburg Foundation presents the 12th Annual Remembrance Illumination on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on the grave of each Civil War soldier; candles are placed on graves by Friends of Gettysburg volunteers.  Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service.

    Free and open to the public.

    For more information, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade, aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org, 717-339-2148.

  10. August 21, 2014
    Harold Holzer Lecture and Book Signing, November 15, 2014

    Harold Holzer, author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books, will autograph copies of his newest book: Lincoln and the Power of the Press:  the War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, 2014), from 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

    Following the book signing, at 4:00 p.m., Holzer will speak on “Lincoln and the Press; at Gettysburg and Beyond.”

    Both events are open to the general public and books will be available at the Museum and Visitor Center bookstore. The lecture is free of charge and seating is limited on a first-come, first-served ticketed basis.  Free tickets for the lecture are now available by calling 877- 874-2478.

    For more information, please call 877-874-2478 or 717-338-1243.