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Attention Youth, Youth Leaders and Educators!

Do want to make a difference in your community, your school and in the lives of others?

Gettysburg can inspire, teach, and help you through your journey.


The Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation are very excited to announce a brand new youth leadership and service program entitled the Great Task Youth Leadership Experience, which is designed to help inspire civic engagement through the study of history. Borrowing the phrase made famous by President Abraham Lincoln in his immortal Gettysburg Address, the Gettysburg Great Task Youth Leadership Experience is an intensive two-day program geared specifically toward high school-aged students and their teachers who wish to make a positive impact in their schools, their communities, and in the lives of others. Participants of the Great Task Youth Leadership Experience will learn about the actions, the decision, and, most importantly, the leadership demonstrated by ordinary individuals confronted with the extraordinary challenges presented by the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. By examining these actions and then recreating them, participating students will be able to then identify and develop their own leadership skills and be inspired by the lessons they learn while on the battlefield to make a positive difference in their own lives.

Working closely with National Park Service Rangers and Educators, participants will learn how soldiers, doctors, and ordinary civilians rose to the occasion and demonstrated great leadership when confronted with the crises experienced during the Battle of Gettysburg—and learn how examples from the past can still be applied to the challenges of today.


But the Great Task is much, much more than just a learning experience; indeed, we want to see how the leadership lessons learned here can make a difference in your schools or communities. We want to see how participating students complete their “Great Task.

To that end, student groups or teachers who wish to participate must first identify what their “Great Task” will be. Perhaps it will be to clean up and maintain a community playground or park, or maybe to establish an anti-bullying program in school. Perhaps a group will wish to facilitate volunteer programs in their communities, or set up a special tutoring center for younger children at their school Truly there is no end to all the Great Tasks that can be identified and accomplished.

After having decided upon a Great Task, groups can then apply to attend one of our Great Task Youth Leadership Experience weekends, which will be offered every weekend from mid-July to early October. Accommodation grants and financial assistance is available for qualifying groups. For additional information and to apply, please visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/288/

Please be aware that this is an intensive experience and we expect to see results! After attending one of our Great Task Youth Leadership Experiences students will report back to us on how they are applying the lessons they learned at Gettysburg in meeting their goals and in rising to their own occasion to achieve their Great Task.  In turn, their efforts and accomplishments will then be recognized on the “Great Task” wall inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and their efforts will also be shared on the Park’s social media pages.  In addition, each participating group will be nominated for the “Great Task” Student Leadership Award. This new annual award will be presented to leaders of the best community or school leadership projects of the year. Award winners will be invited back to Gettysburg to receive $500 in grants to support their Great Task projects.

For more information, including testimonials of previous participants, please be sure to visit here.

. . .and please be sure to help us spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in participating in this important and inspiring new program.




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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

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