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Special ‘family days’ scheduled for Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg this summer


The barn at the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

This summer, on June 15, July 20, and August 17, Eisenhower National Historic Site will host special family activities in addition to the park’s regularly scheduled programming. The park’s new junior ranger activity guide will be available for families to work on and earn their junior ranger badges as well.

On June 15, park staff will recreate the decade that was the 1950s. Special family programming will explore the best of that decade’s pop culture and daily life. Visitors can learn to dance along with popular songs of the era. Kids can also visit a touch table with popular toys, games, and technology from the 1950s.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings, the theme for July 20 is “Space Day” at the Eisenhower farm. In recognition of President Eisenhower signing the act creating NASA, special family activities will focus on NASA and outer space. The Westminster Astronomical Society will be on site with astronomy and space displays, daytime solar viewing activities, and will offer a scale model solar system walk. A special junior ranger “Space Explorer” book developed by the National Park Service and NASA will be available to explore beyond Earth.

The park’s final family day event will take place on August 17 with the theme of “sports and recreation.” Throughout his life, President Eisenhower was an avid sportsman and athlete. From playing football at West Point to rounds of golf at Augusta National in Georgia, Eisenhower loved recreation. Children visiting the site will be able to learn all about Eisenhower and sports during his era, and weather dependent, they may get a chance to practice their swing on the president’s putting green.

No parking is available on the Eisenhower national Historic Site grounds; a shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center and Museum is required to gain entry. Shuttle bus tickets cost $9 for ages 13 and older, and $5 for children ages 6-12. During these three special Saturday Family Days, all children ages 12 and younger can ride the shuttle bus for free.

Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. Learn more at nps.gov/eise.

 

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