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National Park Service battle anniversary events July 1-3

Relive the Battle of Gettysburg through National Park Service battle
anniversary events July 1-3

Gettysburg National Military Park will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, with a variety of free guided walks and talks that discuss, explore, and reflect on this important chapter in our nation’s history.   Visitors are invited to join Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides as they follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. Battle Walks and “Real Time” programs on the battlefield follow the battle action, moment-by-moment. These battlefield experiences reflect on the significance, meaning, and legacy of the battle fought over a century and a half ago.   Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings will also be held July 1-3 and will feature renowned authors, historians, and National Park Service Rangers who discuss the impact of the American Civil War on contemporary politics, industry, medicine and culture.   Family Activities and a “Hands on History” station will be available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Discover original and reproduction items and artifacts from the battle, hourly special guest appearances called “Mystery History Guest”, and “Join the Army” programs to learn more about the people involved in, and affected by, the Battle of Gettysburg. You can also pick up and check in your Gettysburg and Centennial Junior Ranger booklets. Family Activities and Hands on History Hours: July 1 - 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Group Lobby. Mystery History Guests at 10 a.m.,  noon, and 2 p.m. Join the Army programs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. daily.   Campfire programs at Pitzer Woods will cap off July 2 and 3 with hour-long presentations, offering unique perspectives on the events of 153 years ago. Held at 8:30 p.m. at the Park Amphitheater on West Confederate Avenue.  kids All programs are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to wear proper foot and headgear, carry water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Begin your visit to Gettysburg at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.   During your visit, be certain to pick up a copy of the full anniversary schedule.  Check the park website, and for updates.  For questions by phone call 717/ 334-1124 x 8023   Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.

On June 29th Gettysburg opens its first art exhibit at the Gettysburg
National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  

Take a sneak peek on today's "From the Fields of Gettysburg."