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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 7, 2015
By Lynneah Smith – It was a beautiful spring morning. The sun was shining down; a cool breeze wisped in the air; the smile on my face was bursting with excitement. I climbed up one, two, three steps, placed my left foot in the stirrup, swung my right leg around, pulled myself up and suddenly, I was seeing things from a much higher view…atop my new horse-friend, Gray. She and I had become very acquainted in the few minutes we had met as she walked us over to line up with the rest of the group. Then, after receiving thorough instructions ... Read This Story