Students donate replica Civil War lantern

In 1864, the Confederate submarine Hunley torpedoed and sank the Union ship Housatonic. The Hunley also sank that night, joining naval history to a mystery.
Hamburg High School students are piecing through that history. They made four replica signal lanterns, and tested the distance the signal would shine. The students built the replicas in three months.

BSES students win prizes in Civil War essay contest

Each year Bethel Township fifth-grade students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by the Bethel Township Preservation Society in conjunction with the annual Founder’s Day Festival.
This year, students were encouraged to focus on the U.S. Civil War, since the 150th anniversary of that conflict will be observed throughout Pennsylvania in 2011.

No Casino Gettysburg Releases New Celebrity Interviews with Music from Saving Private Ryan

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul W. Bucha discuss their heartfelt objections to the proposed Gettysburg casino (1/2 mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park) in four emotional videos just released from No Casino Gettysburg and the Civil War Preservation [...]

Friday Civil War Chapel fire still under investigation

The cause of a Friday morning fire on Gettysburg’s Chambersburg Street that damaged four structures has not yet been determined, according to the Gettysburg Borough manager – despite reports that the blaze has been ruled arson.
“The chief (Joseph Dougherty) told me the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco has completed their investigation but a cause [...]

ettysburg Offers Special Winter Lecture Series – 1861 – The Civil War Begins & Gettysburg: Perspectives on the Battle and Campaign

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s first year, the National
Park Service free winter lecture series in 2011 will explore events and
personalities who figured prominently in 1861, and also return to the
popular “Perspectives on the Gettysburg Campaign and Battle.”  This year’s
programs will range from Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in 1861, to
Dan Sickles [...]

150 Cannon-Shot Salute Will Highlight Kickoff of Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War

The rolling thunder of artillery will reverberate through the hilly countryside of south-central Pennsylvania next April as the Gettysburg area launches its five-year long commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
The sesquicentennial of the 1861-1865 Civil War will be commemorated with hundreds of special events and ceremonies, major and minor, throughout America.

Foundation names president

The third president in the 10-year history of the Gettysburg Foundation was named Monday, with 32-year National Park Service veteran Joanne M. Hanley taking the position vacant since late January.
Currently the General Superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, Hanley takes over Feb. 1, 2011, as president of the Gettysburg Foundation.

Gettysburg: Chapel order code issue, not religious

Four days after a Texas-based legal firm launched a campaign to save a Civil War chapel in Gettysburg, the nine-member Borough Council voiced displeasure Monday night with misinformation in the national media.
“This is going out nationally,” Mayor William E. Troxell told the nine-member Borough Council during a board meeting Monday night. “I think we need [...]

Events in Gettysburg Dedication Day and Remembrance Days November 19-20, 2010

Friday, November 19 – Dedication Day
10:15 a.m.        Wreath Laying Ceremony
                  Soldiers’ National Monument, Soldiers’ National Cemetery
10:30 a.m.        147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
                  Keynote speaker:  Sam Donaldson, formerly of ABC News (42
                  year career), and Chief White House Correspondent during
                  the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations
                  Rostrum, Soldiers’ National Cemetery
                  Program includes Jim Getty portraying [...]

Honoring Lincoln, remembering sacrifice

I have fond memories of working at events on Nov. 19 while I was in college. From escorting cemtery speakers, to handing out programs at the Majestic during the Fortenbaugh Lecture, I was there. It was also great to get a chance to attend parades, balls, and living history demonstrations each year, and I still [...]