An Exciting New Reading Program For Children Being Offerred This Winter At Gettysburg National Military Park! 

The Education Team at Gettysburg National Military Park is excited to announce an exciting new program for children ages 5-10 and their families! Every Saturday for ten weeks this winter a Park educator will read aloud from a different children’s picture book, or parts of a chapter book, and will follow the reading with an indoor game or activity. Some weeks, a special “mystery history” guest may even appear to tell their story! After this, the children and their families will then set off on an adventure to the battlefield to locate a spot associated with that week’s story.

“Our new Winter Reading Adventures program is for kids who love to read, parents who want their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere!” explained Education Specialist, Barbara J. Sanders.

Some of the Winter Reading Adventures will include marching like a Civil War soldier; cooking up some corn bread; singing campfire songs like “Goober Peas”; going on a museum treasure hunt; meeting General Robert E. Lee; dressing up like President Lincoln or trying out a hoop skirt and corset!

The children’s Winter Reading Adventures Series will begin on Saturday, January 7, at 11:00 a.m. and will run through March 11 at one of the theaters located inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center (1195 Baltimore Pike/Gettysburg, PA 17325).

Participants who attend each week are eligible for a discount on their purchase at the Museum Store.

So. . .

Would your children be interested in attending? Or do you know any young budding historians out there who might want to come?

Parents, teachers, guardians. . .please help us spread the word about this exciting new program, so we can help inspire a new generation to learn more about the past!

The Line-Up For The Inaugural Winter Reading Adventures Series is as follows:

~January 7, 2017~        

gettwr1B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet
by Patricia Bauer

~January 14, 2017~     

The Patchwork Path
by Bettye Stroud

~January 21, 2017~       

Civil War on Sunday (Chapters 1-5)
by Mary Pope Osborne

~January 28, 2017~

Civil War on Sunday (Chapters 6-10)
by Mary Pope Osborne

~February 4, 2017~

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds
 by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix

~February 11, 2017~

Pink & Say
by Patricia Polanco

~February 18, 2017~

I Am Abraham Lincoln
by Brad Meltzer

~February 25, 2017~

Voices of Gettysburg
by Sherry Garland

~March 4, 2017~ 

The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War
by Robin Friedman

~March 11, 2017~  

The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale
by Trinka Hakes Noble

Document and Inquiry-Based Virtual Field Trip Opportunities Are Now Available for Middle and High School Students.

Attention Teachers!

If you ever wanted to take your class on a field trip to Gettysburg National Military Park but cannot, for whatever reason, get here, our new Virtual Field Trip opportunities will allow your students to learn directly from primary source materials and from the fields of battle themselves. But much more than this, our new Virtual Field Trip opportunities will allow your students to choose what they would like to see and what they would like to learn, and allow them to ask whatever questions they might have. . .all from their classroom!

Your students’ virtual field trip will begin when they choose the focus question they want to investigate. Having made their selections, they will next. . .

  1. Receive a set of primary source documents that will help them develop questions they will ask a Park Ranger, and help to develop answers to their focus question;
  2. Watch a 15-minute YouTube video of the program sites as a Park Ranger investigates and helps to answer the focus question;
  3. Participate in a virtual question-and-answer session with a Park Ranger!


Once all three parts of the program are concluded, your students will have everything they need to develop and support with evidence their answer to the focus question – a skill set outlined in Common Core, National Council for the Social Studies, and other curriculum standards.


The Focus Questions from which your students can choose are as follows:
Cost of War?

Were the consequences of war, including the destruction and loss of life at Gettysburg, necessary to resolve the country’s issues?

Documents include Elizabeth Thorn account of battle and aftermath, excerpted letters from Philip Hamlin, 1st Minnesota Infantry and Sidney Carter from South Carolina, and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Video includes visit to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg.


The Tide of Battle?

Was one unit most crucial to Union victory on July 2, 1863 – the second day of the battle of Gettysburg?

Documents include maps of July 2 battle action for the following units: 20th Maine Infantry, 9th Massachusetts Battery, and 1st Minnesota Infantry; after-action report of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain; Minneapolis Journal article from 1895; letter to The Saint Paul Pioneer, August 186


Re-Enlist? (A Virtual Field Trip for 3rd through 6th graders)

Would you re-enlist in a Civil War army for 3 years, after serving for just 3 months and learning about the hard life of a soldier?

Documents include drills from 1861 Infantry Tactics manual, photographs of uniform pieces and equipment, and soldier accounts of camp life and battle action.




Sound Interesting?


Would You Like to Take Your Class on a Virtual Field Trip to Gettysburg?


Follow the Link Below and Reserve Your Spot via Our Google Docs Reservation Form~

Gettysburg National Military Park Virtual Field Trip