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05/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/22/2019 14:37

Summer 2019 - Exploring Gettysburg with National Park Rangers

News Release Date:
May 22, 2019

Contact:Jason Martz, 717-338-4423

Gettysburg, Pa. - 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:
African American History Hike: On Freedom's Tenuous Edge - 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.
Then and Now, The Photographs of Devils Den - 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.

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience - 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. These programs take place in three different locations throughout the battlefield: McPherson Ridge, Spangler Spring, and the Wheatfield.

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.

Cannoneers to Your Post! Join the Artillery - 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.

Rangers from Eisenhower National Historic Site will also offer special programs on Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower and their connection with Gettysburg:

Hike with Ike - 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.
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 Gettysburg National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.

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.