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Channeling the past

20th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days

20th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days

June 27, 2002|by KEVIN CLAPP

In three early July days in 1863, Gettysburg, Pa., was the stage for the largest Civil War battle. Between July 1 and 3, more than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured as Union soldiers defeated troops under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

From Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, Gettysburg will once again teem with combatants - re-enactors bringing to life the battle during the 139th anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the War between the States.

But the re-enactment is but one segment of more than a week's worth of activities. During the 20th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days, Friday, June 28, through July 7, visitors to the Pennsylvania town will see battles waged, historical encampments, listen to Civil War-era music and lectures, and step backward in time to a turning point in America's history.

Throughout Civil War Heritage Days, Gettysburg National Military Park will host a series of free guided walks and lectures in conjunction with the 139th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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For a schedule of walks and lectures at Gettysburg National Military Park, along Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg, call 1-717-334-1124 or go to www.nps.gov/gett on the Web.

- Kevin Clapp




Schedule



Friday, June 28


  • A musical program with George Wunderlich featuring historic instruments

    7 p.m.

    Gettysburg Village Factory Stores Bandstand

    Main Street

    Free. If weather is bad, program will be in the second-floor community room of building "C."

    Saturday, June 29, and


    Sunday, June 30

  • 28th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Collectors Show

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

    Eisenhower Inn and Conference Center

    2634 Emmitsburg Road, four miles south of Gettysburg

    Admission is $5 for each day.

    Sponsored by Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. Proceeds benefit monument preservation and Lady Farm in Hanover.

    Saturday, June 29


  • "Toys ... A Historical Overview" with Douglas Ridenour

    Noon

    Gettysburg Village Factory Stores Bandstand

    Main Street

    Free. If weather is bad, program will be in the second-floor community room of building "C."

  • "Is That Outfit Hot? Fashions of the 1860s" with Penny Ridenour

    2 p.m.

    Gettysburg Village Factory Stores Bandstand

    Main Street

    Free. If weather is bad, program will be in the second-floor community room of building "C."

    Sunday, June 30


  • Fife and Drum Concert with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum Corps and James A. Getty as Abraham Lincoln

    8 p.m.

    Riegle Auditorium

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    Monday, July 1


  • "Cemetery Hill: The General Plan was Unchanged" with Troy D. Harman

    8 p.m.

    Riegle Auditorium

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and students; $5 per family

    Tuesday, July 2


  • Gilmore's Light Ensemble in a Civil War concert

    8 p.m.

    Riegle Auditorium

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and students; $5 per family

  • The 97th Regimental String Band in a Civil War concert, with performances each night through Saturday, July 6

    8 p.m.

    Gettysburg Battle Theatre

    571 Steinwehr Ave.

    $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for ages 6 to 11. Tickets available at the theater.

    For information, call Shawn at Gettysburg Tour Center, 1-717-334-6296.

    Wednesday, July 3


  • "What Happened to Gettysburg's Confederate Dead?" a lecture by Gregory A. Coco

    8 p.m.

    Riegle Auditorium

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and students; $5 per family

    Through Saturday, July 6


  • Gettysburg Fire Department Carnival

    Gettysburg Recreation Park

    Thursday, July 4


  • 8th Annual Meade and Lee Civil War Show and Book Fair. Continues Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Eisenhower Inn and Conference Center

    2634 Emmitsburg Road

  • July Fourth Program by the William F. Myers Community Band of Westminster, Md.

    8 p.m.

    Riegle Auditorium

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and students; $5 per family

    Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7
  • 139th Anniversary Civil War Battle Re-enactment, featuring artillery, cavalry, medical, signal corps, music, infantry and more

    Friday, gates open at 8:30 a.m., last event begins at 5 p.m.; Saturday, gates open at 8:30 a.m., last event begins at 8 p.m.; Sunday, gates open at 8:30 a.m., last event begins at 2 p.m.

    Yingling Farm

    Pumping Station Road

    Ticketed and free seating available. For tickets, call 1-717-338-1525 or go to

    www.gettysburgreenactment.com on the Web.

    Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6


  • 15th Annual GBPA Civil War Book and Paper Show

    Friday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Admission is $5 for each day

    Gettysburg Middle School

    Off Baltimore Street

    Proceeds benefit monument preservation and Lady Farm in Hanover.

    Saturday, July 6


  • Confederates take the Schriver House, a living history program

    4 to 9 p.m.

    309 Baltimore St.

    For information, call 1-717-337-2800.

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