Yes we have a famous battlefield to tour by car, bicycle, horseback, and even on foot but we boast a wealth of activities beyond those historic acres.
From historic taverns to ethnic cuisine, farm-to-table dining to unique edibles, the tastes of Gettysburg are sure to please every palate.
With adventures to suit every budget, Gettysburg and Adams County businesses offer plenty of packages to help visitors create their dream vacations.
“Christmas and the Civil War” is a fun, interesting overview of how the Civil War transformed Christmas into the modern holiday Americans enjoy today. In particular it looks at how the famed illustrator and political cartoonist, Thomas Nast (with the assistance of Abraham Lincoln) used the holiday and the image of Santa Claus to bolster the Union cause and reunite the nation.
Nast took many of the aspects of Christmas coming from different cultures and blended them into a uniquely American form of Christmas – both in terms of customs and images. Nast’s work and the Civil War’s impact on our country changed the nature and scope of the Christmas holiday and led it to become the national holiday we celebrate today.
The presentation will be given by Brad Stone wearing the Santa Claus costume that Thomas Nast created for the December 1862 cover of Harper’s Weekly. Mr. Stone has a deep interest in the Civil War and serves as a docent at the National Civil War Museum of Medicine in Frederick, MD and the USS Constellation in Baltimore Harbor.
The Gettysburg Heritage Center hosts several special programs throughout the year. Visit our website for a complete listing, including living history camps, lectures, musical performances and much more!