Full Schedule of Events for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Encampment, Chapel, History Mobile Exhibit, Outdoor Music on Seminary Campus

June 18, 2013 (Gettysburg, PA)  Living history encampments, talks and music will mark the days leading up to the grand opening of Gettysburg's Seminary Ridge Museum beginning June 29, 2013 on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus 150 years after the battle engulfed the Seminary campus.

Multiple special events will take place between Saturday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 3 in the chapel, on the Hill-Unger Performance Platform in Schmucker Grove, and around the 52 acre campus.

While the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Seminary Ridge Museum will take place at 9 am on July 1st, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee has organized a Prelude Encampment on Seminary Ridge, including more than 300 anticipated participants in living history, skirmishes Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 1pm, concerts Saturday evening and Sunday evening, and more. Monday morning, first shots will be marked by multiple rounds of cannon fire and the Seminary Ridge Museum opens to the public at 10am on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Other highlights of several days of musical programming Monday and Tuesday includes the U.S. Army Band and Chorus, Dearest Home Civil War Band, the 2nd South Carolina String Band, and the Wildcat Band (105th Regimental Brass Band).  Concerts are planned, weather permitting, in the Schmucker Grove at the Hill-Unger Performance Platform, with the Seminary Chapel as rain venue.

Most of the lectures and book talks will take place in the Seminary Chapel Monday through Wednesday July 1-3, featuring scholars and authors of history connected to Seminary Ridge. Presenters include Carol Reardon, Bradley Hoch, Tom Vossler, Randy Drais, Ben Neely, Jake Boritt, Maria Erling, Kent Gramm, Leonard Hummel, Frank Piatek, and more. See detailed schedule for titles and times.

The Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit will be on the north end of the campus from Saturday June 29th through July 3rd.  And living history will be presented 9am to 5pm each day of the encampment, spread across the campus and around the newly constructed one mile historic walking path. See the detailed schedule below.

The Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will join Seminary President Michael Cooper-White in leading candlelight evening prayer on the eve of the battle anniversary Sunday evening, June 30th at 9pm on the Peace Portico on the west side of Schmucker Hall.

"The Seminary Ridge Museum will be open 10am to 5pm seven days a week in the summer," said Executive Director Barbara Franco who has guided the opening of the museum. The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse focuses on the 1832 Seminary building that was the center of the Union lines and last ditch stand on July 1, 1863, and the field hospital that housed more than 600 wounded men – as it undergoes a $13 million dollar rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. 

The Seminary Ridge Museum is a joint venture of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. Located on the Seminary campus and part of the Gettysburg Battlefield's hallowed ground, the new museum offers an unprecedented opportunity to interpret the first day of the battle, the care of the wounded and human suffering that took place within Schmucker Hall during its use as a field hospital as well as the greater moral, civic and spiritual debates of the Civil War era.

An up to date schedule, which is subject to change, is always available at

Saturday, June 29—Prelude to Grand Opening

9:00 am-5:00 pm: Encampment and Living History throughout museum grounds and trail

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit

11:00 am: Skirmish: West side of Seminary Ridge 30 minutes of action; 60 minutes total

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Speaker Jocelyn Green (platform) Book Signing
Novel Inspiration: The Making of Widow of Gettysburg
Get the inside scoop on the making of the new novel, Widow of Gettysburg, by award-winning author Jocelyn Green. Green will share how her research inspired the four main characters: a Union widow, a former slave, a war correspondent, and a Rebel scout. The lives of these characters intersect, showcasing the choice to triumph over tragedy.

7:00 pm-10:00 pm: 2nd South Carolina String Band


Sunday, June 30—Prelude to Grand Opening

9:00 am-5:00 pm: Encampment and Living History throughout museum grounds and trail

10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Reenactor Christian church service (open to all) (Platform)

1:00 pm: Skirmish: West side of Seminary Ridge

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm –  Speakers Kevin Drake and Lisa Malandra Shower (chapel) Book Signing
  Gettysburg Civilians: Trials and Triumphs

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Concert by Dearest Home (sponsored by Music, Gettysburg!) platform

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm One Man Band (platform)

9:00 pm: Candlelight Evening Prayer at the Peace Portico (led by ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson), with Luminaria


Monday, July 1—GRAND OPENING

All Day: Media Program in chapel—preservation of Schmucker Hall, etc.

8:00 am: Cannon firing—1st shot commemoration

9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Encampment and Living History throughout museum grounds and trail

9:00 am – 9:30 am:  Musical preludes: Fife and Drums      
    Dearest Home to play near Southeast corner of museum]

9:15 am – 10:00 am: Grand opening ceremony/Ribbon cutting

10:00 am Cannon fire upon ribbon cutting (time approximate) (Reenactors to provide)

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit

11:00 am   Concert on platform by Wildcat Band (105th Regimental Brass Band)  

12:30 pm Prayer at Midday in Chapel

1:00 pm Speaker Brad Hoch (Chapel)
Thaddeus Stevens

2:00 pm concert on the Platform:  Dearest Home Civil War Band

3:00 pm: Presentation of General John Reynolds, USA (Mike Riley – platform)

3:30 pm: Presentation of General John Buford, USA (Mike Smith - Platform) 

4:00 pm Speaker Ben Neely in the chapel
“The Collapse”

5:00 pm Chapel: Evening Prayer

6:00 pm Speaker Jocelyn Green – (chapel) Book Signing
  Faith at Gettysburg
What difference did faith make? Come hear how faith played a role with troops on both sides of the battle, the civilians caught in the crosshairs, and those who volunteered their aid during the aftermath. Award-winning author Jocelyn Green will rely on primary source materials she discovered while researching her novel Widow of Gettysburg.


Tuesday, July 2

Museum open hours: 10am-5pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit

All Day: Program in chapel— The Suffering and Compassion of a Field Hospital

Morning: Departure of reenactors and encampment (general registration begins this morning for the reenactment)

10:00 am: Speaker Randy Drais  (Chapel)
"Exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield" -- Off the Beaten Path
Learn about many of the less visited locations and lesser known stories about men, monuments, and misconceptions involving the fighting on July 1, 1863.
11:00 am: Concert US Army Band sponsored by Music, Gburg! (platform) 

12:30 pm:  Prayer at Midday in Chapel

1:00 pm: Speaker Carol Reardon (Chapel) Book Signing
"No Time to Mourn: The Families of the Seminary's Union Dead and their Struggle for Survivor Benefits."

2:00 pm: Dearest Home in Concert on the Platform

3:00 pm: Speaker Tom Vossler (Chapel) Book Signing                                                                                          
“The Seminary and its Neighbors: The Trauma of Battle Damage and the Long Road to Recovery "

4:00 pm: Professor Leonard M. Hummel, Gettysburg Theological Seminary (Chapel)
The Smoke of Battle Curled: Thinking about Religion on the Seminary Ridge Battlefield and Seminary”
Because of the fighting on Seminary Ridge 150 years ago, more persons have been shot on the grounds of Gettysburg Seminary than that of any other religious institution in the U.S.  Given this context, how might we, on this hallowed ground, now think about war/peace, church/state, freedom/slavery, suffering/consolation for suffering?  The speaker, Dr. Leonard Hummel, invites you to join him in asking this question and looking for answers to it.

5:00 pm: Chapel Evening Prayer (followed by close of chapel)


Wednesday, July 3

Museum open hours: 10am-5pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile exhibit

All Day: Program in chapel—Slavery and Freedom

10:00 am: Speaker Frank Piatek (Chapel)
Cannoneers to your Posts: Cooper's Battery B, 1st PA Light Artillery at Gettysburg
The battery participated in the Union Army's last stand at the Seminary on July 1, 1863, and one of the mortally wounded soldiers was tended to by his brother at the Krauth House. 

11:00 am: Michael Dreese, Ben Neely (Chapel) Book Signing
Conversation on the Seminary Hospital

12:30 pm: Prayer at Midday in Chapel

1:00 pm: Dr. Kent Gramm, Gettysburg College (Chapel) Book Signing
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – the Search for Hallowed Ground
On the morning of Nov. 19, 1863, before delivering the famous Address, President Lincoln took a carriage ride to the Lutheran Seminary – the scene of the first day’s battle.  Dr. Gramm will examine the meaning of President Lincoln's elegy for America's identity.

2:00 pm: Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Gettysburg Seminary (Chapel)
“Slavery and the American Churches”

3:00pm: tba

4:00 pm: Speaker Jake Boritt (Chapel)
The Making of the Gettysburg Story

5:00 pm: Chapel: Evening Prayer (followed by close of chapel)


Thursday, July 4

Museum open hours: 10am-5pm

12:30 pm:  Prayer at Midday in Chapel

5:00 pm: Chapel Evening Prayer (followed by close of chapel)


Sunday, July 7

6 pm: Concert Cormorants Fancy (Celtic music sponsored by Music, Gburg!)

Parking is suggested for Hay Street and Springs Avenue as well as the unrestricted sections of Seminary campus parking. Questions and more information may be directed to the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation (John Spangler) or the Seminary Ridge Museum Communication offices at 717.339.1356 or , or on the web at .

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