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The Other Gettysburg Addresses – Presidential Orations at Gettysburg

Every orator who speaks at Gettysburg lives in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s 272 word address. Those brave enough to mount the podium on Dedication Day, or during any other of the numerous occasions for speechifying that the battlefield presents, usually … Continue reading

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Birthday Events at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site

For the Centennial of the National Park Service throughout 2016, rangers and other staff at all 409 parks will be working closely with community partners, local businesses, schools, and governments to celebrate a century of serving the American public. We’re … Continue reading

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Yellowstone & Gettysburg: The Many Connections Between Two Iconic National Parks

Since 1916 the National Park Service has been actively involved in safeguarding, protecting, and stewarding some of the most important, scenic, and inspiring places on the North American continent. This year the National Park Service will be celebrating its centennial and over … Continue reading

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Calvin Gilbert and the Gettysburg cannon carriages

It was during the War Department-era that the park developed into what we see today. The battlefield land was transferred by Federal legislation in 1895 from the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association to the Federal government and the national military park … Continue reading

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The Malmedy Massacre and Gettysburg – 71 Years Ago Today

Seventy-one years ago today, a great battle was raging in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium. On the morning of December 16, thousands of German soldiers began pouring through the weakest sector of the broad Allied front in an offensive that … Continue reading

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The Parable of Lt. Isaac Burgauer

As the temperatures drop this time of year, we begin the inevitable drift into the ‘holiday season.’   Taunted by cruelties of crass commercialism, a discordant humanity often seeks refuge in the rituals gifted us by peoples of the past.  As … Continue reading

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Gettysburg – A Season of Giving

It is now the season of giving.  With end-of-year giving now going on all over the country, we want to share some great news about all the good that is happening with our nonprofit partner, the Gettysburg Foundation. Earlier this … Continue reading

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November 1863: Giving Thanks in the Midst of War

Setting aside a day to give thanks is an American tradition deeply rooted in the history of our country. Every year, many look back to the Pilgrim’s and their arrival in Massachusetts as the beginning of the holiday we now … Continue reading

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“‘Such Then Is The Decision’: General Meade and the July 2nd Council of War”

We’re honored today to feature Dr. Jennifer Murray, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, as a special guest contributor. Dr. Murray served as an Interpretive Ranger at Gettysburg for many years, and was recently awarded the prestigious Bachelder-Coddington Award for … Continue reading

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Winter Lectures and More! Winter Programming at Gettysburg National Military Park

While most people come in the summer, winter is a great time to visit and explore Gettysburg National Military Park. On January 9, 2016, the annual Winter Lecture Series begins. Featuring some of the best National Park Service Rangers and … Continue reading

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