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November 1-30

Interactive Ballot Cast
The David Wills House

The David Wills House

The David Wills House Museum will host an interactive election. This program will educate visitors on the pivotal 1860 presidential election and the election process at this time. Visitors will be encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite 1860 presidential candidate. Tallies will be updated daily on the David Wills House website, www.davidwillshouse.org, and on our Facebook page. This program is included with a regular general admission ticket.   Website: www.davidwillshouse.org

November 2-December 18
Candlelight Christmas Tours

The Shriver House Museum
You are cordially invited to take a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum decorated for an 1860's Christmas, while hearing the story of the Shriver family and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War changed their lives forever. Christmas tours take place from November 28th through December 19th. Private tours for groups of ten or more are welcome anytime throughout the holiday season; reservations are required.    Website: www.shriverhouse.org

Thomas Chester MorrisNovember 3-7
USCT Grand Review Commemoration

The Pennsylvania Grand Review will serve as a commemoration of the November 1865 event of the same name organized by the women of Harrisburg to honor the United States Colored Troops who were not permitted to participate in the Grand Review of the Armies, a military procession and celebration held May 23-24, 1865 in Washington, D.C., following the end of the Civil War.

The Grand Review will include exhibition, presentation, and conservation projects that will reveal the hidden histories of the USCT. This commemoration will culminate November 3-7, 2010 in Harrisburg.

For more info, please visit the VisitPA website or the House Divided Project at Dickinson College website.


Harold HolzerNovember 4
The Election of 1860 with Harold Holzer

The National Civil War Museum
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

November 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, a pivotal election that would change the course of history. Mark your calendars to hear renowned Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer as he speaks about this defining moment.

Dinner & Lecture - $50 for non-members; $30 for Museum members/donors
Lecture Only - $10 for non-members; complimentary for Museum members/donors

Reservations: Call 717.260.1861 x. 1108 or download a reservation form

Deadline to register for the dinner is Friday, October 29.
Deadline to register for the lecture only is Wednesday, November 3.

November 6
John Scott Adams Seminar Series
The Gettysburg Foundation
The John Scott Adams Seminar series offers a more in-depth look at some aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg and supports the Gettysburg Foundation's commitment to education in support of its mission to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.
November 6, 2010: "Not All Survived: Generals Killed or Mortally Wounded at Gettysburg" with Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Bellamy Registration information for this seminar is coming soon.
Contact:           Michael Vyskocil, 717-338-1243
Website:          www.gettysburgfoundation.org

November 14
The Camp Curtain Historical Society
2 p.m.
Lecture: "The Gathering Storm: The Coming of the Civil War"

Lawrence E. "Larry" Keener-Farley will present a slide-illustrated lecture that examines the issues, events and personalities in American history that led to the Civil War. The Civil War did not suddenly burst upon the American scene in 1861. The storm clouds had been gathering at the founding of the nation. Issues of slavery, territorial expansion, economic systems, and the role of government all had a part in the coming of the "irrepressible conflict.This will also be our 20th Anniversary meeting so come out and enjoy a piece of cake, cut with an original Civil War sword! This presentation is FREE. Bring a friend.

Camp Curtin Memorial-Mitchell United Methodist Church, 2221 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg
For information call 717-732-5115 or email genjenkins@aol.com 


November 16-18
The 15th Annual Lincoln Forum Symposium

The Lincoln Forum"The Coming of the Civil War:Enter Lincoln, Exit the South"
Year One of a Five-Year Focus on the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2010 - 2015)

Featuring Mark E. Neely, Jr., John Marszalek, Craig Symonds, William Freehling, Gary Ecelbarger,
Harold Holzer, Frank J. Williams, Edna Greene
Medford, and Peter S. Carmichael

Plus Panel Discussions, break-out sessions, author booksignings, Lunches, Dinners, tours, & James Getty and George Buss performing lincoln's history-changing words

The Wyndham Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle  Phone: (866)845-8885 (toll Free)

For more information about registration and hotel reservations, please visit our website.  EMAIL: admin@thelincolnforum.org  or call Betty Anselmo at (401)624-3722

Dedication Day Events 2010

November 19, 2010
Dedication Day - 147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
Soldiers' National Cemetery

A cannon at the gates of the Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetary

10:15 a.m. Wreathlaying
10:30 a.m. Dedication Day Ceremony

Annual Dedication Day events include aWreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers' National

Monument and Dedication Day Ceremony at the Rostrum in the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Keynote speaker will be veteran ABC news commentator Sam Donaldson; Lincoln portrayer Jim Getty recites the Gettysburg Address.

Ceremonies conclude with the U.S. Colored Troops Graveside Salute where the speaker will be Hari Jones, Assistant Director and Curator of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C.

Past speakers include Richard Dreyfuss, Ken Burns, Tom Brokaw and many other noted scholars and politicians.  The Dedication Day Ceremony is sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and the Gettysburg National Military Park. (Rain location for Dedication Day Ceremony is the Majestic Theatre). For more information about Dedication Day, please visit the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College website.

Lincoln Fellowship Luncheon
Gettysburg College Union Building, Ballroom
12:00 p.m.

Author Thomas Craughwell will speak on his book Stealing Lincoln's Body (Belknap Press, 2007).
[Fee involved - Fellowship members only; pre-registration is required; no phone reservations will be accepted. Membership is open to anyone, please visit the Lincoln Fellowship page on The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College website.

Gettysburg Addresses Lincoln
Gettysburg Presbyterian Church
4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Jim Getty, "My Life as Abraham Lincoln
Website:          www.gettysburgpresbyterian.org

The 12th Annual Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
Awarded by Jeff Shaara

7:30 p.m.

Recipient: Cornelia Nixon for Jarretsville (Counterpoint, 2009)

49th Annual Robert C. Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture
Edward L. Ayers, President of the the University of Richmond will speak on "Loyalty and America's Civil War." Sponsored by the Civil War Institute and the Department of History at Gettysburg College.

9:30 p.m. 
Public reception and book signing

All at  the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street

"Stories and Songs of a Civil War Hospital"
7:30 p.m.

Music and firsthand accounts at Christ Lutheran Church, 44 Chambersburg St, Gettysburg.  Free. For more information please visit the website or call 717-334-5212.


Remembrance Day Events 2010

November 20
Remembrance Day Parade
and Ceremonies
Downtown Gettysburg

Visit the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War website for a complete listing of Remembrance Day events.


November 20th
Annual Remembrance Day Illumination
Soldier's National Cemetery

Each year, the Gettysburg Foundation and the Friends of Gettysburg lights over 3,500 luminary candles-one on each soldier's grave

in the Soldiers' National Cemetery-to remember and honor the sacrifices made by those who fought at Gettysburg.

Website:          www.gettysburgfoundation.org

November 20
Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies
Downtown Gettysburg

Website:          www.suvcw.org

November 20
American Civil War Museum

Most weekends, April through November, the American Civil War Museum hosts complimentary Living History Encampments. Visitors are welcomed to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing drills and demonstrations, and engaging in conversation with historians

Saturday, November 20, 2010 to Sunday, November 21, 2010


December 1-31, 2010
An 1860's Holiday
The David Wills House Museum

Holidays at the Wills HouseVisit the David Wills House Museum and be treated to the sights and sounds of traditional 1860 holiday festivities. The museum will feature traditional décor and volunteers will provide educational programming outlining how the Wills family celebrated the holiday season in 1860. This program is included with general admission.

Website:          www.davidwillshouse.org


December 9
"Elections of 1860: Lincoln & Davis Administrations"

Part of the lecture series at the David Wills House in Gettysburg. 7 pm. $20.
Registration: 717-334-2499. www.davidwillshouse.org.

December 31
Living History

Gen. George Meade birthday celebration at his gravesite in Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Living history and more. Noon. www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org