Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

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Gettysburg Battlefield "Podcast" Tours

Gettysburg "Podcasts" Tours from Civil War Traveler

In partnership with Civil War Traveler, Gettysburg National Military Park has developed the first battlefield "podcast" tours. Podcasts are file systems that can be downloaded onto an iPod or mp3 player, then taken to the park for a 90-minute walking tour of a Gettysburg battlefield landmark. Podcasts are located on our partner's website at Civil War Traveler.com. There you will find detailed instructions on how to download the tour as well as maps that are essential for the listener to locate stops on the tour.

Gettysburg's first podcast tour is hosted by Gettysburg Interpretive Ranger Eric Campbell, whose thorough knowledge of the Battle of Gettysburg will make your audio tour one of the highlights of your visit. Remember that the tours offered here have not been scripted and you will be listening to real time interpretation of the battlefield.


Summer Ranger Programs

From mid-June through mid-August, Gettysburg National Military Park offers a variety of ranger guided programs for our visitors, ranging from battle history to medical practices during the Civil War, as well as programs for our younger visitors. Ranger guided programs are offered on the battlefield, near the park buildings and in the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Programs average twenty minutes to two hours in length, depending on the subject matter and location. Ask for a complete schedule at the park information desk when you visit and stay tuned to our park web site for the current summer schedule, which is usually available by May 1. All ranger guided programs are free of charge.

PROGRAMS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

For people on a first visit to Gettysburg National Military Park, the National Park Service suggests this series of programs:

CIVIL WAR SOLDIER (1 hour) Over 160,000 soldiers who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Find out why they enlisted, why they fought, and what they endured during the four years of the American Civil War. Meet on the back patio entrance of the Cyclorama Center. Daily at 2:00.

THE FIRST DAY (1 hour) Explores why the battle occurred at Gettysburg and how the fighting on July 1 shaped the rest of the battle. Meet at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 2. Daily at 10:00 A.M.

NATIONAL CEMETERY (35 minutes) Join a guided walk for a 35-minute program that explores the meaning and cost of the Battle of Gettysburg, and of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Meet at the red brick rostrum near the cemetery entrance opposite the Visitor Center. Daily at 9:30, 11:00, 2:00, 3:30, and 4:15.

THE THIRD DAY: "Pickett's Charge" (1 hour) Learn what happened during "Pickett's Charge" on July 3, 1863 and discover what its outcome meant for the Union and Confederacy. Meet at the back patio of the Cyclorama Center. Daily at 9:30, 11:00, 1:30 and 4:00.

A VISIT TO THE PAST (45 minutes) Step back in time with costumed interpreters who portray men and women who witnessed and participated in the events of 1863 at Gettysburg. Programs offered daily in the National Cemetery and at the Cyclorama Center. Daily- National Cemetery at 10:15, 11:45, 1:15, and 2:45. Cyclorama Center at 11:30 and 2:30.

PROGRAMS FOR RETURNING VISITORS

For the returning visitor, or those seeking to learn more about the dramatic events that occurred here, the National Park Service recommends the following programs:

CEMETERY HILL: "The Commanding Point of the Whole Position" (1 hour) Understand the crucial role this hill played in all three days of the battle, and how it contributed to the Union victory. Meet at Baltimore Street entrance to the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Friday and Sunday at 3:00 P.M.

THE SECOND DAY (1 hour) Explore the events and actions that resulted in some of the most desperate fighting of the American Civil War. Meet at the Peach Orchard. Daily at 2:00 P.M.

EAST CAVALRY FIELD (1 hour) Visit the scene of one of the largest cavalry battles of the war. Offered once weekly. Ask at the information desk for details. Wednesday at 1:30 P.M.

BATTLE WALKS (2 hours or more ) Walk the route of Pickett's Charge or visit such places as Devil's Den, the Wheatfield, East Cemetery Hill and many others. Check at the information desk or www.nps.gov/gett/events.htm for a schedule. Water, hat and proper foot gear are highly recommended. Daily at 3:30 P.M.

THE NATION AT WAR (1 hour) The American Civil War affected more than just the soldiers on the battlefield. This program reveals how the war touched the entire population, North and South. Meet on the back patio of the Cyclorama Center. Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 1:00 P.M.

HIKE WITH A RANGER (3 hours) Join a ranger for a three-hour hike on the battlefield. This more informal program examines Gettysburg's fascinating layers of history, extending from the battle to present day. Offered once weekly. Water, hat and proper foot gear are highly recommended. Check at the park information desk for starting locations on the day of the program. Wednesday at 9:00 A.M.

GETTYSBURG: THE AFTERMATH OF BATTLE (1 hour) When the opposing armies marched away, they left behind a nightmarish landscape and a community reeling from the overwhelming impacts of the battle. This program examines what the consequences of a huge battle like Gettysburg meant and how soldiers and civilians alike dealt confronted and dealt with it. Meet behind the Cyclorama Center for this hour-long program. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:00 P.M.

EVENING CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS. Rangers present programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Nightly at the park amphitheater, Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop 6. Nightly, beginning at 8:30 P.M.

PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG VISITORS

JOIN THE ARMY! Children enlist in the army and learn something about what it meant to be a soldier in the Civil War in this one-hour program. For ages 7-12. Sign up at the Cyclorama Center information desk (Limited to 25 participants). Daily at 11:00 A.M.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM. This free family-oriented activity allows children (ages 5-13) to become Junior Rangers by completing an activity guide as they visit the park. Ask for details and the program guide at the park information desks.

 

Things To Do

The park offers free ranger guided programs, evening campfire programs, activities for kids, and specialized battle walks during the summer months. Ranger guided programs will also run in the fall and spring, mostly limited to weekends.

Volunteer living history organizations offer programs in the park on weekends from spring to fall.