November 25, 2013
Spring Muster, April 4-6, 2014
Join the Friends of Gettysburg for the annual Spring Muster. The Spring Muster includes battlefield tours, lectures, Friends of Gettysburg merchandise, lunch, an evening banquet, and the latest news about the Gettysburg Foundation. The weekend-long event of tours and programs will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg 17325.
Rooms have been reserved for Friends of Gettysburg at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel at a special rate of $134.00 plus tax exclusively for the Spring Muster weekend. When making a reservation, please let the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel know that you are with the “Gettysburg Foundation.” To make reservations at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, please call 717-339-0020 or 866-845-8885.
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2014. Open to members and non-members: $140 Members/$165 Non-members (the registration fee does NOT include lodging.) For more information or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at email@example.com or 717-339-2148.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, April 4, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Registration packet pick-up in Wyndham Hotel Gettysburg lobby
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Merchandise Room open
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Members’ Lounge open
7:30 p.m.: Special Musical Guest: Susquehanna Travellers
Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Registration packet pick-up in Wyndham Hotel Gettysburg lobby
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Members’ Lounge open with coffee and juice. Hotel Restaurant will be open for breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Morning Tours
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Merchandise room open
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Tours
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Happy Hour
7:30 p.m.: Evening Banquet Buffet and Auction
Sunday, April 6, 2014
8:30 a.m.: First Corps Breakfast with featured speaker Dr. Brian Jordan (First Corps Members only)
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Merchandise Room open
Friday Evening Musical Guest: Susquehanna Travellers
The Susquehanna Travellers perform the music of 19th Century America, focusing on the Civil War era and Irish music. The band got its start playing traditional tunes around the campfire at Civil War re-enactments. Since 2002, the Travellers have performed concerts and played for Victorian balls and dance demonstrations throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. The cost is $8.00 per person (this is in addition to the registration fee.)
Saturday Tour #1 - AM Indoors: Diversity in the Civil War and Gettysburg: Germans, Irish, Hispanics, African Americans and Women Soldiers with Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski for an in-depth presentation of the role that various ethnic groups during the battle and the Civil War.
Saturday Tour #2 - PM Indoors: Gettysburg’s Forgotten Corps Commander: General George Sykes with National Park Service Ranger John D. Hoptak
National Park Service Ranger John D. Hoptak takes a biographical look at the life and service of General George Sykes, commander of the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, at Gettysburg.
Saturday Tour #3 - AM or PM: Guns West of Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Donahue
On July 1st, 1863, the Union I Corps fought a successful delaying action west of Gettysburg, which helped buy time for the Army of the Potomac to move to the vital high ground south of town. Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Donahue’s one mile strenuous battle walk follows the actions of the I Corps Artillery batteries in order to trace their contribution to this fight.
Saturday Tour #4 - AM or PM: Everything You Can See in the Cyclorama with Licensed Battlefield Guide Chris Brenneman
Follow Licensed Battlefield Guide Chris Brenneman on a driving tour of the battlefield focusing on everything that is visible in the Cyclorama. The easy, flat terrain tour will start with the most distant objects and work its way to the very center of the painting at the high watermark.
Saturday Tour #5 - AM or PM: Devil’s Den: Fighting, Photos, and Folklore at Gettysburg’s Strangest Place with Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman for a one mile, moderate tour of Devil’s Den where terrible conflict, documentary photography, and abundant historical accounts unite with boulders, monuments, rock carvings, and wild, scenic beauty. Devil’s Den’s unique combination of qualities has fostered myth and legend but at the same time these qualities foster engagement on numerous levels, and through various historical periods and topics. In a treatment that spans 201.2 million years, learn about the Den’s origins, the battle that made it famous and the fascinating story of its evolution into one of the most iconic of all Civil War places.
Saturday Tour #6 - AM or PM: Gettysburg’s Electric Railway with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
The controversial Gettysburg Electric Trolley operated between 1893 and 1916 as a commercial enterprise. Some said it was a great way to see the battlefield; others said it was a desecration of hallowed ground. Today it is but a footnote in the interesting evolutionary history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Although long gone, the footprint of the trolley’s path remains. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman on a moderate to strenuous walking tour that follows the trolley bed from East Cemetery Hill to its termination near Little Round Top.
Saturday Tour #7 - AM or PM: Waiting for Pickett: The Repulse of Pickett’s Charge with Licensed Battlefield Guide John Zervas
The study of Pickett’s charge is most often approhed from the Southern Perspective. What acdid the Confederates do wrong? Was Lee’s plan flawed? Was Longstreet sufficiently aggressive? Join Licensed Battlefield Guide John Zervas for his presentation that will build on a comment of General George Pickett himself. When asked sometime after the war, “Why did the charge fail?” he replied “I always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.” Who was waiting for Pickett? What Union forces? How were they positioned? Who were their leaders? this one and a half mile, moderate tour will walk the Union line, meet these men and hear their stories as it focuses on the repulse of Pickett’s charge.
Saturday Tour #8 - ALL DAY: The Unknown Second Assault on Little Round Top: The Pennsylvania Reserve Division at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Guillermo L. Bosch
Using a combination of classroom instruction in the morning and fieldwork in the afternoon, Licensed Battlefield Guide Guillermo L. Bosch will discuss this little-discussed second attempt by Confederate attackers from Anderson’s, Semmes’, Kershaw’s, and Wofford’s First Corps brigades to pierce the Union lines at Little Round Top defended by members of the Pennsylvania Reserve Division of the Union Fifth Corps. The history of the PARES before Gettysburg will be detailed and their defense of, and subsequent counterattack from, the northern slope of LRT (In conjunction with soldiers from the Union Sixth Corps) will be explored. Some walking involved.
Saturday Tour #9 - ALL DAY: Treasures of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Licensed Battlefield Guide and CEO of the National Civil War Museum Wayne Motts
Visit the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg for a behind-the-scenes tour of some of its rarest Gettysburg artifacts and manuscripts. After the museum tour, travel to the Gettysburg Battlefield with Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts for a battlefield tour of locations where the items and people associated with them were present. This unique program will cover the Battle of Gettysburg like you have never experienced it before. Learn the battle through the personal connections of artifacts and manuscripts now housed in the collection of the National Civil War Museum.
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