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Spotlight: The Gettysburg Address

Spotlight: The Gettysburg Address

Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, November 19-23, 2013

Gettysburg Anniversary Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863, as depicted by artist A.R. Keller, 1904-Sherwood Lithograph Co., Chicago. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a05745 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05745 (A.R. Keller)
"…we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it..." Excerpt from the Gettysburg Address -Abraham Lincoln

What You’ll Find

Events and activities, November 19-23, 2013, mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, perhaps the most well-known speech in American history. The Battle of Gettysburg in July 1865 was inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.

Plan your visit to this 150th Anniversary celebration today. Commemorate the anniversary and attend a series of special programs including the Dedication Day Event, book signings, panel discussion, open house at the David Wills House and the 11th Annual Illumination of the Soldier’s National Cemetery.

Getting There

The military park is located near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with the Visitor Center located at 1195 Baltimore Pike. Visit the park’s directions page for details.

Stay Here

Visit the Gettysburg Convention Bureau’s website to find accommodations in town and nearby.

Try camping at Catoctin Mountain Park, in Maryland, less than 20 miles from Gettysburg. Reserve a spot for yourself or a group at one of the Adirondack Shelters.

Make Sure You

Get your book signed by noted authors of works on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War at a book signing event. Stay tuned to the park’s Facebook and Twitter sites for additional information as it becomes available. Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather.

Don’t miss the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, a massive oil-on-canvas painting and a unique park feature.

Try This

Ride the shuttle! To make your visit easier, use the shuttle to get around the park and to parking areas. Some roads and areas may be closed or very congested during the events. Keep checking the event trip planning website or the park’s Facebook or Twitter sites prior to your visit to get up-to-date information.

Visit the new Seminary Ridge Museum which opened July 1, 2013.

Don’t Forget

Collect a commemorative Gettysburg quarter depicting the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry monument and find the monument in the park!

Attention Kids!

Earn a special Junior Ranger Patch and Keepsake Identity Card Photo Frame throughout 2013 by completing the Junior Ranger activity book.

In addition, kids can collect Civil War Trading Cards during their visit to Gettysburg and at other Civil War parks. The park also offers other children’s activities or kids can try out the NPS Webrangers Civil War soldier activity.

Get Started

For more trip planning information, history and stories, visit the Gettysburg National Military Park’s website and get the latest news about the event.

You can find other commemorative places, activities and events by visiting Pennsylvania’s Civil War 150 website.

If you would like to learn more about the Civil War and find other sites to visit, make sure to check out our Scout Out Civil War Places and Events Go List.

Did You Know?

Original copies of the Gettysburg Address are located at: