On the Eve of Battle

If you are one of the many people who are planning to visit Gettysburg National Military Park soon – packing your bags, filling up your gas tank, or even boarding a flight, allow me to share a little information that may make your visit more enjoyable.

Start your visit at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  The park has a free summer newspaper available with schedules of the free Park Ranger guided walks, talks, and programs.  Schedules are also available online.  Here is a wrap up of some of our special events:


Final preparations are being made for “Sacred Trust” events

SACRED TRUST, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS OF HISTORY, June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012 – Renowned authors, historians, and National Park Service Rangers will share perspectives on the Battle of Gettysburg and events of 1862, the second year of the American Civil War on the 150th Anniversary during the 8th annual Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings event at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park, this event is free and open to the public. All historians, park rangers and authors will be signing books after their presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event. A complete schedule of talks and book signings click here (in pdf).


149th ANNIVERSARY BATTLEWALKS, July 1-3, 2012 – Special ranger-guided programs cover key events and highlight army units during the three day battle. These popular programs average two and one-half to three hours in length, and are held during the anniversary days of the Battle of Gettysburg. Click here for this anniversary’s complete schedule (in pdf) or inquire at the park information desk for this anniversary’s schedule during your visit. And don’t forget about the schedule of our daily programs for kids (pdf), ages 5 to 13, to be held during the anniversary!

149th ANNIVERSARY REAL TIME PROGRAMS, July 1-3, 2012 – A team of rangers provide a series of special hourly programs throughout the park, highlighting specific events that chronologically follow the course of the Battle of Gettysburg. Click here for this anniversary’s schedule (in pdf) or inquire at the park information desk during your visit.

TIRED OF WALKING? – Freedom Transit is now running a free shuttle bus called the Gold Line, which is a Visitor Center parking lot circulator.  The Gold Line provides free transport from the Museum and Visitor Center to the Cemetery, as well as linking all the various parking lots at the museum, as well as the old Cyclorama and old Visitor Center lots.  It is operating every day from June 29 through July 8.  It then operates every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 2012.  It will circulate once every 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

PENNSYLVANIA MONUMENT NEWS – The waxing and cleaning of the Pennsylvania Memorial has now been completed and the monument is fully open to the public.

Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, June 28, 2012


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