Actor Stephen Lang
Acclaimed stage and screen actor, playwright and author Stephen Lang will perform a reading of his book The Wheatfield at 2 p.m., Friday, July 2, as part of the battle anniversary special programming at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital.
A highlight of the programming for the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lang will perform the rare public reading of his book The Wheatfield that tells the true story of Union Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, James Jackson Purman and his encounters with friend and foe in the Gettysburg Wheatfield.
Visitors to the historic site have the opportunity to interact with living historians who relate the experiences of the family, surgeons, caregivers, soldiers and citizens during and after the battle. Living historians will be on-site for the battle anniversary and holiday weekend, July 1-4. Historians from Civil War Historical Impressions will have a special anniversary encampment on-site. See Union and Confederate soldiers, Gettysburg civilians, generals and surgeons. Guests can walk through the camps and see history come alive.
Admission to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital and the July 2 Lang reading is included with a ticket to the experiences at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, located minutes from the historic site. Friends of Gettysburg receive complimentary admission to the historic site. Limited seating and limited parking available. A ticket to the Museum & Visitor Center does not guarantee entry. Attendance is first-come, first-served.
With the popularity of visits to the historic site during the battle anniversary weekend, July 1-4, the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital is accessible via shuttle from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, July 1-4, beginning at 10 a.m. The shuttle bus transports visitors to the Spangler Farm from the Museum & Visitor Center every 20 minutes three times each hour, 10 a.m. through 1:40 p.m. with no shuttle at noon. The shuttle bus returns visitors to the Museum & Visitor Center every 20 minutes three times each hour, with the final return shuttle departing the Spangler Farm at 2:50 p.m. A timed shuttle ticket to the historic site is included at no additional charge with a ticket to programs at the Museum & Visitor Center. In accordance with TSA guidelines on public transportation, face coverings/masks on the shuttle are required.
Timed shuttle tickets during the battle anniversary, July 1-4, are now available:
The George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital is open for the summer season 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 15, 2021, as well as this battle anniversary special opening Thursday, July 1, with the on-site living history and encampment continuing throughout the battle anniversary and holiday weekend, Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4.