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The Battle of Gettysburg: Heroism, Sacrifice and History

Relive one of our nation’s most defining moments as you join experts to learn about The Battle of Gettysburg, experiencing the museums, monuments and culture of this historic site.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 9114RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
1,139
Pennsylvania

The Battle of Gettysburg: Heroism, Sacrifice and History

Relive one of our nation’s most defining moments as you join experts to learn about The Battle of Gettysburg, experiencing the museums, monuments and culture of this historic site.
Length
4 days
Starts at
1,139
Length
4 days
Rating (4.89)
Starts at
1,139
Program No. 9114RJ

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Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2022
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1,139
May 7 - May 10, 2023
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1,249
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2023
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Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
1,439
May 7 - May 10, 2023
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1,519
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2023
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1,519
Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2023
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1,519
Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2023
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1,519

At a Glance

The Battle of Gettysburg — July 1-3, 1863 — determined the outcome of the Civil War. This bloodiest of battles left 28,000 Confederate and 23,000 Union casualties. Expert battlefield guides bring history alive as you trace battlefield strategies, separate legend from lore and gain an understanding of the impact on the town and its people. We’ll also pay our respects at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily and standing indoors and out; climbing flights of stairs; getting on/off a motorcoach.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience the new Gettysburg National Military Park & Museum and explore sites related to each day of the battle.
  • Be entertained by a folk musician who plays Civil War-era music on his handmade dulcimer, banjo, accordion and harmonica.
  • Meet Hannah Shearer, close friend to Mary Lincoln, in an exceptional living-history presentation.
Featured Expert
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Tom Jolin
Tom was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.” Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer. He is a sought after artist-in-residence and lives with his family in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image of Tom Jolin
Tom was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.” Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer. He is a sought after artist-in-residence and lives with his family in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.
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Dave served as a high school principal and teacher for thirty years and is now an adjunct professor in the Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College. He was also the Executive Director of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. Dave is active in the North-South Skirmish Association, the Maryland Arms Collectors Association and St. John Lutheran Church in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
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Mitchell Kramer has a B.A. in playwriting from Hampshire College and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. He has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater including the New York Theater Workshop and Dorset Theater Festival. He is a costumed Historic Interpreter portraying Benjamin Franklin in Old City Philadelphia. Mitchell has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
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Lauren Kain View biography
Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.
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Julie Geyer View biography
Julie Geyer served in the Air Force in the early 1960s on Cape Cod. She enjoys camping, hiking, volksmarching/walking, scrapbooking, and volunteering with the York County Area Agency on Aging as a Friendly Visitor and Financial Counselor, and with the VNA Hospice of Hanover as a hospice volunteer. She also was active in organ donor awareness for many years. Julie and her husband Gene have participated in 56 Road Scholar programs including 21 as group leaders with the Gettysburg program over the past 22 years.
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Richard Kohr View biography
Richard Kohr has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1995, and is the former president of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Rich has led presentations at several seminars and Civil War round tables, and has taught continuing education courses on the Gettysburg campaign at the Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.
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Maryann Oelkers View biography
Living and working in the Philadelphia area for 30 years, Maryann Oelkers found a renewed love for American history. Since retiring from a nursing career in 2009 and moving to Gettysburg, Maryann has been involved in learning about and sharing the history of this special town. Her ongoing experiences include working as a visitors’ services rep for the Gettysburg Foundation. Maryann enjoys continually learning about the history of Gettysburg, including the civilian experience during that fateful year of 1863.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Gettysburg Campaign:A Study in Command
by Edwin Coddington
Highly recommended by the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield Guides. Extremely authoritative account of the entire Gettysburg Campaign.
At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard at the Battle- A True Narrative
by Mrs. Tillie (Pierce) Alleman
An excellent story as Tillie Pierce a young teen age girl tells about her involvement and reaction during the Battle of Gettysburg.
High Tide at Gettysburg
by Glen Tucker
A wonderful history of the battle from a Confederate view point. He also makes great use of anecdotal incidents.
The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara
A Pulitzer prize fictional novel of the battle of Gettysburg.
Gettysburg: A Journey In Time
by William Frassanito
A study of Civil War photography and the use of photos as historical documents. Photos of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken immediately after the battle and each photo is analyzed and accompanied by a modern view.
Women at Gettysburg
by Women at Gettysburg
Extraordinary and Fascinating Biographies of 40 women who served, nursed, or aided the soldiers after Gettysburg





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