Gettysburg National Military Park

National Park Quiz 82: Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”

Civil War Buffs, This Photo Contests For You!

Here's a photo contest for all you amateur Civil War buffs. Sponsored by the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Center for Civil War Photography, and History, the deadline to get your images in for consideration is August 31.

Two Historic Orchards and Open Areas at Gettysburg National Military Park Being Replanted

They're planting trees at Gettysburg National Military Park. More specifically, they're planting areas that were forested during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and that today are open ground.

This "Living History" Project at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Required Some Very Sharp Instruments

Pruning historic apple trees
The term "living history" is often applied to programs using costumed interpreters, but it can also have another, more literal application: historic orchards. A recent project at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area used some sharp instruments to apply some tender loving pruning to historic apple trees in the park.

How to Have "The Best Field Trip Ever" at Gettysburg National Military Park

A school group at Little Round Top at Gettysburg. NPS photo.
Anyone who has ever been part of a school field trip knows that such events can be a fun…or frantic experience. The folks at Gettysburg National Military Park have prepared a kit to help anyone planning such expeditions to that park to have the "Best Field Trip Ever!"

The View is Improving at Devil's Den in Gettysburg National Military Park

Devil's Den in 1905
A rugged area of steep cliffs, deep gullies and massive boulders known as Devil's Den is now part of Gettysburg National Military Park. It was the site major fighting in 1863, but in recent years the historic scene was marred by power lines and a restroom. That's about to change thanks to an upcoming project in the park.

Gettysburg Cyclorama Will Be Closed For a Week

The Cyclorama painting gallery at Gettysburg National Park’s Museum and Visitor Center will be closed the week of January 25-29 to allow workers to revise the program and address some moisture problems.

History-Rich Lecture Series Focuses on Gettysburg National Military Park

Civil War buffs will have lots of history to bone up on in the coming weeks as rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park discuss everything from weapons of battle to Lee's retreat during the park's winter lecture series.

When Was The Last Time You Paid $6,500 For a National Park Map?

These days you can get a perfectly good map of a national park for less than $12. So why would anyone pay $6,500 for a map of Yellowstone National Park?

Interim Superintendent Appointed at Gettysburg National Military Park

Mel Poole, the superintendent at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, has been named acting superintendent at Gettysburg National Military Park until a permanent successor to John Latschar is found.

Gettysburg’s Dedication Day and Remembrance Day Activities Mark Gettysburg Address Anniversary

The 146th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is Thursday, November 19. This coming week Gettysburg will be hosting a full slate of Dedication Day and Remembrance Day activities to honor President Abraham Lincoln, his Gettysburg Address, and the soldiers who fought so bravely in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Consider Gettysburg for the Holidays

Gettysburg is more than just a summer destination. Here are a dozen holiday activities that make the battlefield park and its gateway community a good choice for a memorable getaway.

National Park Service Announces Superintendent Vacancy At Gettysburg National Military Park

In a four-sentence release, National Park Service officials announced Friday that they would conduct a national search to find a new superintendent for Gettysburg National Military Park, where former Superintendent John Latschar had come under scrutiny after sexually explicit content was found on his office computer.

Newspaper Reports That Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Is Stepping Down

A newspaper reported Thursday that Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent John Latschar is stepping down as the result of the discovery of pornography on his office computer. National Park Service officials had no comment, citing Privacy Act restrictions regarding personnel matters.

National Park Mystery Spot 4 Revealed: It's Where Lincoln Famously Eulogized

Were you able to figure out that the mystery spot is in Gettysburg National Cemetery?

Investigation Of Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Finds Cybertracks to Pornographic Images

A lengthy investigation into allegations that Gettsysburg National Military Park Superintendent John Latschar acted unethically in running the park found no wrongdoing, but it reportedly turned up thousands of instances in which the superintendent's computer was used to access pornographic images.
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Wanna Be in Pictures? Casting Call for Upcoming Film at Gettysburg National Military Park

Filming at Gettysburg
Can you act? Looking for a chance to be "on-screen"? This may be your chance: Gettysburg National Military Park is conducting auditions next week for a TV production that will be filmed later this month.

Another Gettysburg Witness Tree is Lost

The bad news: Another Gettysburg witness tree has been felled. The good news: The wood harvested from this arboreal geezer will help raise money for the park.

The 15th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster Offers Free Concerts on August 22

77th New York Regimental Balladeers
If you enjoy music from the Civil War era—or want to learn something about it—here's a great opportunity for you: The 15th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2009, at Gettysburg National Military Park, and the concerts are free.

Orchards Being Replanted at Gettsyburg National Military Park to Recreate 1860s Appearance

Quite often we hear about tree removal projects to recreate appearances at Civil War units of the National Park System. At Gettysburg National Military Park, they're planting trees to return the landscape to 1860s appearances.

Demolition Update: It’s One Down and One to Go at Gettysburg

At Gettysburg, the old visitor center and the Cyclorama Building were constructed atop a key part of the historic battlefield. The NPS has long planned to remove both buildings and return the site to its 1863 appearance. The old visitor center is now being knocked down and toted away, but preservationists have blocked demolition of the Cyclorama Building.

Rare Motion Pictures Show Civil War Veterans at the 75th Gettysburg Battle Anniversary Reunion

Gettysburg National Military Park celebrates a birthday today, its 114th, but it was the battle anniversaries that interested the Civil War veterans. In 1938, the 75th anniversary of the battle, motion picture crews filmed the aged veterans at the battlefield as they gathered for their final reunion. There’s some amazing film footage on the Internet.

Keeping History Honest When It Comes to Sight Lines In Civil War-era National Parks Is Not Without Controversy

When General Robert E. Lee's troops were battling the Union forces at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862, his cannons atop Lee's Hill and nearby Howison Hill had clear lines of fire. Today they'd be lucky to hit the proverbial broad side of a barn.

It’s Good to be the President When You Visit Gettysburg National Military Park

President Bush received a very special tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. To paraphrase Mel Brooks, “It’s Good to be the President.”

Paying To Understand U.S. History in the National Park System

Remember the good old days, when you could enter a national park and there was no cost to hike a trail, tour a museum, or enjoy nature? Well, those days seemingly are fleeting. In a move likely to disappoint many, the folks at Gettysburg National Military Park are thinking of charging a fee to access their museum.

Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, Part III

As with the southern Pennsylvania countryside surrounding the town of Gettysburg, the struggles between the United States and Confederate armies from 1861 to 1865 often brought war to beautiful places, with many battles fought in the pastoral landscapes of eastern, southern, and middle America— in rolling fields and woods, along rivers and streams, among farmsteads, and often in or near villages, towns, or cities.

Having Suffered Severe Storm Damage, a Witness Tree at Gettysburg National Military Park is Unlikely to Survive

A huge old honey locust tree that was a silent witness to the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has been so severely damaged by a storm that it will probably not survive.

Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, Part I

Today, well over a century after the Civil War ended in 1865, it is difficult to imagine the battlefields of Antietam, Vicksburg, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga had they been neglected, instead of preserved as military parks. As compelling historic landscapes of great natural beauty and public interest, these early military parks have been familiar to generations of Americans.

National Park Quiz 11: Blue and Gray

The first major land engagement of the Civil War was fought 147 years ago this month. The ensuing four-year struggle entailed more than 2,000 battles or skirmishes and cost more than 600,000 American lives. This quiz tests your knowledge of Civil War national parks and the battles they commemorate. Answers are at the end. No peeking.

What do People Take Home from a Visit to Gettysburg National Military Park?

The Battle of Gettysburg, a famously important Union victory, ended 145 years ago on July 3rd. We can more clearly appreciate what happened at Gettysburg by visiting Gettysburg National Military Park and trying to understand the battle as a human experience, not just a mammoth clash of arms.
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