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Gettysburg National Military Park Summer Interpretive Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins runs from June 8 to August 11, 2019 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hike the fields of Pickett’s Charge, explore the rocky summit of Little Round Top, reflect on the words of the Gettysburg Address, and much more on these Ranger guided experiences. New offerings will appeal to first time and repeat visitors alike, such as:

Hands on History Cart - Play a 19th century parlor game, learn what soldiers did in their spare time and dress up like kids who lived in the 1860s. All this and more at our Hands-On History Cart!
Time: varies
Location: Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
TIme: 10am
Location: McPherson Ridge - Auto Tour Stop 1
Schedule: Daily

Battle Walk (2 hours) - Want to experience the battlefield from the same vantage point as the men who fought there? Walk the fields and woods that were fought over a century and a half ago and get a closer look at the famous 
and not so famous places and people that shaped the battle.
Time: 10am or 2:30pm
Location: Varies. More details will be listed soon.
Schedule: Friday at 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 10am

Gettysburg History Hike: Three Days in 90 Minutes (90 min) - Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge where fighting raged on July 2 and 3, 1863. Get an overview of the battle, visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there.
Time: 10:30am
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (35 min) - Visit the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and explore the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where over 3,500 soldiers killed in the battle were laid to rest.
Time: 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 6pm
Location: National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Auto Tour Stop 16
Schedule: Daily

Join the Army: A Family Program (60 min) - Attention! Recruits are needed to enlist in the Union army! Join now and learn what it meant to be a soldier during the Civil War. This program is for children ages 5-13 only, and held outside of the Museum and Visitor Center. Sign up at the Visitor Center information desk.
Time: 11am
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Hold to the Last! The Battle for Little Round Top (60 min) - For over an hour on July 2, 1863, Union and Confederate troops battled for possession of this small hill. Explore the rocky summit, see original Union breastworks and discover why Little Round Top was so important to both armies.
Time: 12 pm
Location: Warren Statue Little Round Top - Auto Tour Stop 8
Schedule: Daily

African American History Hike: On Freedom’s Tenuous Edge (60 min) - From their involvement with the Underground Railroad, to their experiences during the fighting and its aftermath, explore the impact of the battle upon Gettysburg’s African American community, and discover the fascinating lives of those who called this place home. 
Time: 1pm
Location: National Cemetery Parking Lot - Taneytown Rd.
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday

Mystery History Guest - Meet a ranger in historical costume portraying someone from 1863 Gettysburg! Hear their story, learn a new skill or see their equipment. Afterwards, take up the challenge to follow in their footsteps in a self-guided battlefield adventure. Perfect for families with children ages 5-12. 
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield, and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
Time: 1:30pm
Location: The Wheatfield - Auto Tour Stop 9
Schedule: Daily

Cannoneers to Your Post! Join the Artillery (40 min) - On July 3, 1863, over 200 Union and Confederate cannon opened fire in one of the largest artillery duels of the war. Become part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Time: 2pm
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Care of the Wounded (60 min) - Civil War medicine was more than just bone saws and amputations. Learn how the wounded were evacuated and treated, and discover the amazing story of the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive.
Time: 3pm
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
Time: 3pm
Location: Spanglers Spring - Auto Tour Stop 13
Schedule: Daily

Battlefield in a Box (30 min) - Become part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Join a park ranger and build a map of the battlefield using simple props. Perfect for the first time visitor wanting a better understanding of the battle.
Time: 4pm
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Then and Now, The Photographs of Devils Den (60 min) - We will use our Then and Now web page to tell the story of the aftermath of the battle around Devils Den. Stand where the photographers stood when they captured their iconic pictures. Be sure to bring your smart phone or tablet for this interactive program. 
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Devil’s Den Parking Lot - Crawford Ave.
Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Hike with Ike (60 min) - Explores Gettysburg through the Eisenhowers’ eyes. Learn about their long history with the town, from Ike’s first trip to Gettysburg to his and Mamie’s days as retired president and first lady.
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Gettysburg College Gate - corner of N. Washington & Water Streets
Schedule: Wednesday

100 Nights of Taps - The notes of Taps will fill the air in Gettysburg every evening this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation. This daily tribute is done in partnership with the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Taps for Veterans.
Time: 7pm
Location: Soldiers’ National Monument - Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Schedule: Daily

Camp Fire at Pitzer Woods (60 min) - Rangers present programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Park Amphitheater - West Confederate Ave.
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

For a complete listing of all of the free summer ranger programs, please visit our Ranger Programs page or pick up the Today in the Park planning guide available at the information desk inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg.

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