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Civil War Weekend at the Museum

Saturday, July 22, 202310:30 amSunday, July 23, 20233:30 pm
625 Biglerville Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

In collaboration with the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) and the Department of History at Oklahoma State University, we are pleased to announce two weekend events that will bring together eight of the finest Civil War historians and speakers in the field today. Proceeds from these events will be used to support both ACHS programming and student-driven Civil War initiatives at Oklahoma State University.

The talks will run both days at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm with a break for lunch (on your own). Participants of this program will also be granted complimentary admission to Beyond the Battle Museum.

Saturday, July 22nd:

10:30 a.m. - "Sword of the People: The Army of the Potomac" with John J. Hennessy, retired chief historian, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
This talk will look at the evolution and identity of the Army of the Potomac that marched toward Gettysburg to the eve of Gettysburg--its subordinate commanders, its failures, its relationship with the government it served (and the big issues of the day), and its emerging identity even amidst repeated defeat.

2:30 p.m. - "A Tale of Two Gettysburg Cemeteries" with Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide, author, and historian
The Gettysburg National Cemetery is unique, beautiful, and haunting. The process to find the perfect location and design, however, was fraught with plotting, maneuvering and a bit of double dealing. Yes – even politics came into play! This program will look at the major players and the possible alternatives considered before the Gettysburg National Cemetery became what it is today.

Sunday, July 23rd:

10:30 a.m. - “I Dread the Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam and its Aftermath” with Scott Hartwig, retired supervisory historian, Gettysburg National Military Park
Hartwig examine some of the key leaders of Antietam, their success or failure, and
the larger consequences of the battle and campaign.

2:30 p.m. - "'A Wild Place:' The Battle for Culp's Hill in History and Memory" with Dr. James Broomall, Associate Professor of History, Shepherd University, and Dana Shoaf, Editor, Civil War Times
Through a variety of source materials— including primary source documents as well as visual and material culture—this presentation will create a cultural history of the desperate fighting at Culp’s Hill on July 2, 1863. Given the fight’s great importance, it later captivated photographers, artists, and tourists whose perspectives will be considered through the lens of memory.

Tickets are available for purchase for individual days or the whole weekend. Please purchase your tickets here:

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