Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gettysburg’s 150th named top event in United States

The American Bus Association, in its survey of group tour operators throughout the country, ranked Gettysburg, PA’s 150th Anniversary Commemoration, June 28 to July 7, 2013 as the top event in the United States.
This 10-day commemorative event – Gettysburg 150: Reflections of History – was chosen among hundreds of nominations as the best place to experience by motorcoach in 2013. Annually, the organization chooses the top 100 events, and notes the top in both the United States and Canada.
Gettysburg’s commemoration marks the 150thanniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863 in the middle of the American Civil War. For three days, Union and Confederate troops clashed in the farmland and through the streets of the Pennsylvania town. In the end, there were 51,000 casualties and a community ravaged by war.
In summer 2013, the destination will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary with two re-enactments, living history encampments, an official Gettysburg National Military Park ceremony, a march across Pickett’s Charge and the opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum, among many other programs, tours and lectures during the 10 days that represent the“Reflections of History.”
Gettysburg and Adams County, however, are marking the anniversary throughout 2013, as new programs, events and attractions are expected to bring up to a million additional visitors over the course of the year. Nearby communities that will take part in this commemoration include Cashtown, Fairfield, Hunterstown and Hanover, as well as Union Mills, Md.
In addition to Gettysburg’s 150th Commemoration, ABA also selected Dedication Day – the Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address – as one of the top 100 events in North America for 2013. The day features a ceremony in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery to mark the 16thPresident’s famous speech in November 1863. Lincoln’s remarks secured not only his legacy in American history, but Gettysburg as a symbol of hope in the healing of the brutal battle just five months earlier.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Miracles Amid the Firestorm

Fridays and Saturdays through October 31, 2012

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD

11:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm


Take a guided tour of the grounds to learn how the Sisters and Daughters of Charity served the soldiers during the war that divided our nation. Visit the site where Union officers conducted a war council to prepare for the battle of Gettysburg. Hear first-hand accounts of rescues, healing, and yes, even miracles on the battlefield. Contact for more information

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shriver House Christmas Tours

The poem ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas,’ was penned by Clement Moore in 1823. Commonly referred to as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” his poem was the inspiration for our present-day Santa Claus and changed the holiday forever. Forty years later, as the residents of Gettysburg were still reeling from the battle that changed their lives forever, Santa Claus offered a few moments of cheer that would help brighten the lives of those separated from fathers, sons and husbands during this tragic time in American history.

Candlelight Christmas tours of the Shriver House Museum, 309 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg, afford an opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience the warmth of the season in a truly old-fashioned style. Travel back in time to see how the Shrivers may have decorated their home for an 1860s Christmas while hearing the story of the family and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War affected them.

Christmas tours will take place from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 through Dec. 15. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are welcome anytime throughout the holiday season; reservations are required.

Guided tours of the 1860 home of George, Hettie, Sadie (7), and Mollie (5) Shriver illustrate how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-19th century. The 4-foot tall candle-laden Christmas tree sits in its place of honor on the parlor table as a fire roars in the fireplace of the handsome room decorated with hand-made holiday greenery. After Sadie and Mollie hang their stockings on the mantle, they set out milk and cookies in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus and his reindeer on that magical night. The smell of pine and popcorn fills the house bringing memories of Christmases past.

For additional information on the Shriver House Museum or to make reservations for a Christmas tour, call (717) 337-2800 or visit

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fall Outdoor Antique Show

45th annual event will be held on Saturday, Sept 22nd

More than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and the South will converge on Gettysburg, September 22nd for the 45th annual Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show.

Sprawling out from Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, the antique event is billed as a “buyers and sellers” paradise, with high quality antiques and collectibles. Items range from primitive cupboards, sideboards, benches, farm tables, and wooden boxes, to lamps, coins, pattern glass, art glass, Depression-era glass, and ironstone. You will also find clocks, gold jewelry, rings, pictures, pocket knives, bottles, old toys, crocks, jugs, old linens, lace, dolls, pocket watches, old guns, holiday collectibles, postcards, and country farm items. Brand name pieces of Heisey, Cambridge, Fostoria, R.S. Prussia, Limoges, Haviland, Rockwood, Roseville, and carnival glass will also be featured.

The event is held on Carlisle, Chambersburg, Baltimore and York Streets, along with Lincoln Square, all in Historic Downtown Gettysburg. The show – held rain or shine – starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

The proceeds from this semi-annual event continue to support the community activities of the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association.

For more information, email John Angstadt at

Thursday, September 6, 2012

World War II History Weekend

The National Park Service sponsors a World War II living history weekend at the Eisenhower National Historic Site on Sept. 15 and 16. There will be authentic recreations, programs on World War II medical services, weapons and equipment, military vehicles, communications, and stories of civilians from the home front of World War II.

Guest speakers for the event include nine World War II veterans, a retired National Park Service historian, and the widow of a veteran. There will be five speakers on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the first speaker at 10 a.m. and the last speaker at 2 p.m. Four speakers will talk on Sunday, Sept. 16. The first speaker will begin at 11 a.m. and the last will begin at 3 p.m. Each guest speaker will speak for one hour on each day.

Author Don Markle and retired National Security Agency employee, Rick Henderson, will be on hand to demonstrate a captured German Enigma Code Machine on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors may purchase lunch from the Heidlersburg Volunteer Fire Co.

An Army Chaplain’s Roman Catholic Mass will be held in the 110th Regiment’s camp on Saturday at 4 p.m. Also, the Eisenhower bookstore will host several book signings on Saturday with Bill Guarnere, Don Markle and Joe De Lucia. The Eisenhower bookstore will have Salvador Castro, Harry Butowsky, and Sandra O’Connel to sign books on Sunday. Both days, authors, Sharon Wells-Wagner and Steve Wagner, will autograph copies of their book.

The encampment will be open Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is by shuttle bus. Buses depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center located at 1195 Baltimore Pike. Onsite parking for cars will also be available in a farm field accessible off Emmitsburg Road, Business Route 15. Bus groups and visitors using wheelchairs should plan to use the shuttle system. For reservations, call (877) 874-2478. Fees to enter the site either by shuttle bus or by parking in the field are adults, $7.50; children (ages 6-12) are $5; children (ages 6 and under) are admitted free.

Also this weekend, Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel will present free guided walks about the World War II dead buried in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. These hour-long guided walks are offered Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors should park in the National Cemetery parking lot on Taneytown Road. The tour begins inside the Taneytown Road cemetery gate.

A World War II style “USO” dance will take place at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday featuring 1940s music by the Gettysburg Big Band. This event is open to the public and tickets will be sold at the door for $10. A cash bar will also be available.

For more information, contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at (717) 338-9114 or visit