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Welcome to Gettysburg: A Living History Through Town

Published November 13, 2013

For anyone who came to town this summer, the festivities and events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg were pretty exciting. There was lots and lots happening all through downtown and out towards the National Military Park.

There’s another 150th Anniversary just around the corner – the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 18th. First-person historians will greet visitors at several museums throughout downtown at at the American Civil War Wax Museum. President Lincoln will arrive at the Historic Gettysburg Train Station at 6pm and will be met by David Wills before being escorted to Lincoln Square at 6:45pm. The President’s Own Band will perform.

Following the presentation of President Lincoln on the Square, continue down Baltimore Street to the Shriver House Museum. Talk with visitors from the past to learn about their excitement as they prepare for the dedication the following day and the opportunity to see President Lincoln.

A few doors down, the Rupps invite you to their home as they, too, prepare for the following day. Learn how the town faced war and the aftermath in this free interactive walk-through experience.

Stop by the Jennie Wade House for a meet and greet and hear “firsthand” the big event from their perspective at the home located so close to the activities of November 19th, 1863.

Continue to Steinwehr Avenue, where you will meet the Rev. and Mrs. Dobbin at the Dobbin House. Visitors will also find General and Mrs. Meade, as well as a Confederate Soldier demonstration and medical hospital encampment at the American Civil War Wax Museum. Gen. and Mrs. Anderson will greet you at Gen. Pickett’s Buffet. You will also have the opportunity to meet Ralph Lincoln, the great, great, great, nephew of President Abraham Lincoln, at the Lincoln Train Museum.

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