Gettysburg National Military Park has announced its winter schedule of free weekend events. Beginning January 5, it will host history lectures, a battlefield book series, and reading adventures for children and their families. All will take place indoors at the Museum and Visitor Center.
Winter Reading Adventures: This series is ideal for kids who love to read, parents who want their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere. The 2019 theme is “One Great Historical Adventure – Two Unique Stories”. Every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. from January 5 through February 23, a park educator will read aloud two different children’s books about the same person, place, or event.
Time Travelers’ Reading Club: Young readers, writers and adventurers (ages 8-12) are encouraged to attend this new club where they will read and discuss “My Brother’s Keeper: Virginia’s Diary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1863” by Mary Pope Osborne. Participating Time Travelers will then have the chance to go see many of the places talked about in the book. This free program meets at noon on January 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series: These popular Winter Lectures take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Museum and Visitor Center from January 5 through March 31. Outstanding National Park Service rangers and historians from across the region provide hour-long talks about pivotal moments of the American Civil War. The full schedule of upcoming programs is listed on the park website at nps.gov/gett
The Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series: Each Saturday from January 5 to March 2, Gettysburg park rangers lead informal, one-hour discussions of notable history books. Park staff will lead the meetings, provide a brief overview of the week’s topic and guide the discussion. The meetings will be from 11 a.m. until noon in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
From January 5 to February 2 the park will examine “The War for the Common Soldier” by Dr. Peter Carmichael. Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, scrutinizes how soldiers endured the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the Civil War. From February 9 through March 2, the book series will study “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust.
For more information, and a full listing of all programs and events, visit the park website at nps.gov/gett or call at 717-338-4468.