Category: Reflections

My Gettysburg Address

November 14, 2018

In 2018, we are celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered 272 words that not only helped dedicate Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery, his words gave a sense of hope and reunification to a town, and nation, that had been raged by war. His words, 155 years later, still resonate.

In the spirit of the anniversary, we asked you, our visitors – what do the words of the Gettysburg Address mean to you? What positive meaning can we draw from these words that is relevant to today? We received submissions from people from all over ... Read This Story

Take a Walk in President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Footsteps

October 25, 2018

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272-word speech to dedicate a new National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the three day Battle of Gettysburg. Although both his time in Gettysburg and the speech that he made were brief, his words have echoed throughout history and his Gettysburg Address has become one of the most recognized and well-known speeches in American history. Today, you can not only witness Lincoln’s impact throughout the town of Gettysburg, you can actually walk in his footsteps. Check out these five locations to walk in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg footsteps!

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad ... Read This Story

Our Gettysburg Wedding

February 22, 2018

By Erin Pearce – Have you ever planned a wedding? Even if you haven’t…I’m sure you’re aware of how challenging and stressful it can sometimes be. Who do I invite, what will I wear, what will we eat, what will we dance to, what kind of cake will we eat, what kind of flowers do I want and perhaps the most difficult of all…where will it be?

Sometimes, answering that last question doesn’t have to be so difficult. For my husband, Jason, and I, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the obvious answer. It just clicked. We both previously worked for the National Park ... Read This Story

Don’t Miss these 10 Sunset Views in Gettysburg

November 2, 2017

Anyone who has been to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will tell you that the sunsets here are sensational. They beautifully signify the end to a wonderful day of exploration and learning for visitors and locals alike. The biggest question then is, where to spend your evenings catching sight of this wonder while in our historic town? Not to worry – we have ten great spots for you to add to your list next time you are in Gettysburg.

Oak Ridge

Whether it be from ground level or atop the observation tower, viewing sunsets across the first day’s battlefield won’t disappoint. As the northern most ... Read This Story

Dr. Lisa Chu, Half Moon Bay California – My Gettysburg

October 25, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – Meet Dr. Lisa Chu, a sketch and watercolor artist who spent a month in Gettysburg earlier this fall documenting her visit through her drawings, paintings and daily journals. Lisa was visiting the Gettysburg area as part of her own “artist-in-residence” program, a way for her to celebrate the National Park system during this centennial anniversary.

For one month, Lisa toured the Gettysburg battlefield, the Adams County countryside and dove deep into the power of this place. She embraced the land, the people and the history that makes this region so special. Reigning from Half Moon Bay, California, ... Read This Story

A Summer Morning Hike at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

July 14, 2016

By Paige Neidig – During every hike I take, I have this one notable moment of appreciation. It can happen at any time during my hike, but all at once I am hit with wonder, appreciation and gratitude for the life I’ve been given. Don’t get me wrong, I am often reminded of these things; but it is especially overwhelming in this one moment. Hiking reminds me that I am a part of something so much bigger than my own little world that I so often get caught up in. My life is connected to the trees, plants, wildlife, vegetation ... Read This Story

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

A visit with the Eisenhowers … 50 years in the making

June 3, 2016

By Brenda Staub – I was born in Gettysburg, Pa., in 1953, the daughter of hard-working dairy farmers on a farm located next to the battlefield, where on occasion, we would find Civil War relics when working the ground.  My father’s love of the land was extraordinary.  He lived to sow and harvest the crops together with the dairy operation. He, along with my mother, put their heart and soul into it. As a child, I knew living next to the Gettysburg battlefield was very special, but not quite how special. Growing up in Gettysburg, I did not really appreciate ... 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

Celebrating a Centennial – The National Park Service in Gettysburg, Pa.

January 29, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a program that for a century has preserved and interpreted natural and cultural landscapes throughout the United States.

In Gettysburg, Pa., the National Park Service has protected much of the region’s most hallowed grounds – from the nationally renowned Gettysburg National Military Park and Soldiers’ National Cemetery to individual historic sites such as the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House and the Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station.

Over the past 100 years, the National Park Service has created that ever-important sense of place for tens of ... Read This Story