Category: Reconnecting

Celebrating a Centennial – A Look Back at the Gettysburg Battlefield

June 17, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – The Gettysburg National Military Park is one of America’s most visited landmarks – bringing more than a million visitors annually. For most Americans, the battlefield is part of the same conversations as the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Pearl Harbor and other historic sites.

But at the same time, as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, Gettysburg is often spoken alongside such National Park giants as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

Gettysburg National Military Park not only tells the history of the battle and the soldiers who fought here, but has a history all ... Read This Story

Celebrating a Centennial – Educating America’s Youth in Gettysburg, Pa.

April 6, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – Educating youth is an important component of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, especially here in Gettysburg, Pa.

Gettysburg National Military Park hosts thousands of students every year – from families to student field trips and other youth groups. Sharing with these youth not only the details of the rich history here, but to convey the importance of what happened in this town and how it has affected America since then, is the primary focus for Barbara Sanders, Education Specialist for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Barbara, as well as a variety of park rangers in Gettysburg, often have ... Read This Story

Rediscovering Gettysburg

February 19, 2016

By Paige Neidig – Imagine carrying the same energy and enthusiasm you had for something as a child into your adult life. As a child you look at everything with curiosity and wide-eyes. Your life is centered upon exploring and discovering new things. This is exactly what I get to do every day working in Gettysburg, Pa.

I’ve been employed at Destination Gettysburg for a little over a month now. It’s still surreal to me. I grew up less than 30 miles away from Gettysburg, Pa. in small-town Wellsville, Pa. I wasn’t your typical kid growing up. Instead of watching TV, I ... Read This Story

Ten Ways to Make 2016 the Year to Visit Gettysburg, Pa.

January 8, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – So you think you know Gettysburg, do you? This is our challenge to you – to experience Gettysburg in a brand new way in 2016. Create some new memories this year with a getaway that brings you closer to not only our iconic history, but with the food, the culture and the people that make this town such an amazing place. We encourage you to try something new, bring someone new and leave with something new. Let this be your year in Gettysburg!

 

1. Try Something New We know that many of Gettysburg’s visitors love their traditions, but ... Read This Story

Christmas with Gettysburg’s First Family

December 17, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – In many ways, the Gettysburg home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower isn’t much different than that of you and I. The Eisenhowers were known to be rather modest with their home, even as the 34th President and family celebrated the holiday season every year.

Staff at the Eisenhower National Historic Site (ENHS) let us in on a few of the holiday traditions of Gettysburg’s first family – from the decorations to the guests that would visit the presidential retreat during the season.

Even though the Eisenhower couple planned to spend their first Christmas holiday in 1955, Ike was ... Read This Story

Creating family memories around the campfire

August 6, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – Decades ago, the word “camping” had a much different meaning to me than it does today. As a 12-year-old Boy Scout, camping was a weekend of bottomless canvas tents, under-cooked food prepared over an open fire and cold, wet socks. It was fun, you could say, but not as satisfying as my nice warm bed when I returned to my parent’s house a few days later.

Today, as a 40-year-old father of two boys, my standards are a bit different and while I still enjoy some of the outdoorsy nature of camping, it’s always nice to slip under the ... Read This Story

5 Fascinating Artifacts Found In Gettysburg

July 28, 2015

By Cory Runk – Have you ever wondered if Gettysburg houses artifacts that can’t be seen anywhere else? Artifacts so interesting that it gives you chills just listening to the story behind it? Historical items which the likes of President Lincoln, President Eisenhower, Thaddeus Stevens and many others have owned or used in their everyday life are located in Gettysburg – have you seen them?

I, too was wondering the same thing and decided to explore the town this summer to search for artifacts that can only be found here. Gettysburg is a treasure trove of interesting relics and with over 200 years of ... Read This Story

Hidden Secrets of Gettysburg

July 13, 2015

By Cory Runk – I grew up around Gettysburg and consider myself privy to the history of the town. I know about the famous battle spots, the big name commanders and why the two armies were fighting. I know about the major turning points in the battle, the casualty numbers and famous Union “fishhook.” What I didn’t know was the other side of the Gettysburg story. What happened in the town itself during the battle? What did all of the civilians do after the conclusion of the battle? What was life like before 1863 and the subsequent years?

History classes taught us the battle story but ... Read This Story

Reconnecting with friends in Gettysburg

June 19, 2015

By Lynneah Smith – Every year around this time, as the sun-shining days grow longer and the cool night’s breeze whispers in the dark, friends and families gather together in celebration of the season. It is a time for reconnecting with loved ones, relishing the outdoors and the plentiful activities that abound in the summer. It is a time for reminiscing of experiences past and creating newfound memories to last a lifetime. The historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, embraces the camaraderie of summer-time fun and is the ideal place for both locals and visitors to enjoy all that this charming ... Read This Story

Seeking places of reflection, rejuvenation and reverence

April 21, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – Having moved around a lot after graduating from college, I get asked frequently whether I enjoy living in the Gettysburg area, especially since it seems as though I’ve finally settled down. I always respond the same way – that not only do I love living in the Gettysburg area, I enjoy the abundance of places – big and small – that are within close reach. The region itself is home to unique experiences that aren’t always within reach of people who live in other parts of the country.

Two of the more intriguing sites in the region are the ... Read This Story