On Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2022, visitors to the new interactive adventure for young historians can interact with living historians. Officers for the Union and Ladies for the Union will encamp in the side yard of Children of Gettysburg 1863, 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg.
Guests will learn about Civil War officers who commanded and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, featuring first-person impressions by the Officers for the Union. The Ladies for the Union will gather in a “ladies salon” setting, demonstrating unique home craft skills of the era, such as bobbin lace, hand sewing and making bandboxes. They will display the period’s home remedies, medical practices and children’s toys. The Ladies will discuss the importance of the home front during the Civil War, support and aid for the soldiers and the effect the war had on families and communities.
Visitors are invited to join us for a special feature Saturday, May 14, with a talk presented by candlelight at 8 p.m. in the Officers for the Union’s encampment in the side yard. The Officers encourage audience questions and will discuss their role before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Living historians will provide details about military life and elements of the officer’s personal life they portray.
The living history presentations in the side yard of Children of Gettysburg 1863 are free and open to the public.
"The spring is a wonderful time to visit Children of Gettysburg 1863, with events and living history programs planned throughout the season,” said Bethany Yingling, Manager of Children of Gettysburg 1863. “We are pleased to offer our guests and families the opportunity to visit, learn history and experience Gettysburg’s most family-friendly interactive children’s history museum,” added Yingling.
Ticket holders to Children of Gettysburg 1863 can experience hands-on history through the stories of the children, teens and young adults who lived in and around Gettysburg during and after the 1863 battle. Designed for families and children (grades K-5), the interactive adventure takes families on a journey through galleries of interactive exhibits and experiences that provide a history-based setting for creativity, discovery and learning.
Children of Gettysburg 1863 is open daily, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and offers adventures every 30 minutes with the last daily ticket time of 6:30 p.m.
Visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 for information and tickets for Children of Gettysburg 1863 and the experiences, exhibits, tours and events offered by the Gettysburg Foundation.