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.
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Program No. 9114RJ
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4 days
3 nights
7 meals
3 B 1 L 3 D
Arrival, Living History Presentation
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel after 4:00 p.m. You are welcome to come to the designated room to meet the Group Leaders, choose your seats, etc. between 5 and 5:30 PM. An orientation in the designated classroom will be begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Hotel dining room

Evening: The movie "The Gettysburg Story" will be shown. This film brings alive America's battle as never before. Stunning aerial drone and time-lapse cinematography with dynamic 3D maps dramatically show the exact ground that changed history. Aired nationally for the 150th battle anniversary, it is narrated by Stephen Lang and produced by a Gettysburg local, Jacob Boritt.

Gettysburg Visitors Center & Museum, Battle: First Day
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll begin by taking a field trip to the Gettysburg National Park Visitors Center and Museum. While there we'll have the chance to watch the 22 minute film "A New Birth Of Freedom" and see the newly restored Cyclorama Painting. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. There is free time to browse the gift shop and book store which has an outstanding collection of Civil War related books. Explore the museum, an extensive collection of artifacts found on the Gettysburg battlefield as well as other significant battlefields and historic places of the Civil War.

Lunch: In the Hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll discuss the first day of fighting at Gettysburg in class before venturing on a field trip to the sites of the first day's battle where we'll explore McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel. A talk and walk around the town, led by a town historian, will follow the field trip.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: Presentation/Demonstration - "The Civil War Soldier and Accoutrements. "

Battle: Second Day, Soldiers' National Cemetery, Performance
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll have a class on the Second Day of Battle at Gettysburg followed by field trip to the site where the second day of fighting took place. The trip will be capped off with a walking tour of Cemetery Hill, including Soldiers' National Cemetery, where we will se the 500 wreaths decorating the graves.

Lunch: Enjoy the opportunity to sample local fare on your own.

Afternoon: After an afternoon on your own to enjoy the town and its offerings or to rest up at the hotel, we will visit The Shriver House. Volumes have been written about the military aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg. Far less, however, has been written about the 2400 citizens who found themselves in the middle of one of the most historic battles ever fought on American soil. What happened here is more than a story of military maneuvers; it is also the story of the Gettysburg citizens - people like George and Hettie Shriver and their two daughters, Mollie and Sadie - whose lives were changed forever as a result of the events that occurred on the rolling hills of Gettysburg, PA, in 1863. Meticulously restored to its 1860s appearance, the house will allow you to step back in time to visualize what life was like in mid-19th century, south central Pennsylvania to gain a better understanding of how the battle affected the families who called Gettysburg "home."

Dinner: Hotel dining room

Evening: This evening we'll enjoy a performance from a folk musician playing Civil War Era music.

Third Day Battle at Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the Third Day of the Battle at Gettysburg with a morning class followed by a field trip to the site where the third day's fighting took place. The program will conclude by 11:30 AM.

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