Mr. Lincoln's Trail: A Walking Tour

The Gettysburg Address is recognized not only as one of Lincoln's greatest speeches but as one of the great pieces of rhetoric in the English language. 

President Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg on November 18, 1863 at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and walked the short distance to the house of David Wills where he stayed the evening before delivering the Address at ceremonies dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

Visitors to Gettysburg can now walk in Lincoln's footsteps using Mr. Lincoln's Trail: A Walking Tour a brochure authored by Dr. Brad Hoch, Advisor to the Chair of the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The brochure is online here

A video about the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and the Lincoln Flag exhibit, produced by the PA ALBC and narrated by Dr. Hoch, is available for viewing here.



Railroad Exhibit: Box Car War: Logistics of the Civil War

Beginning on April 15th, the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station will host a railroad exhibt provided by the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg

"Box Car War: Logistics of the Civil War"

The exhibit will examine the tremendous efforts of Union and Confederate forces to supply and maintain their armies in the field and will follow the process of raising massive wartime armies from small peacetime militia, the administrative burden of mustering in soldiers, as well as the process of providing orders on each level of the armies and navies from companies to corps, and from ship to fleet. What it took to keep these armies in the field and navies on the sea will be explored, as we look at the supply chain: from the need, ordering, manufacturing, delivery, requisition, and issuing. The exhibit will also examine this supply cycle in other areas, such as transportation, food, medicine, and much more.

Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA  (717) 337-8233
Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Free admission.

View the online exhibit here.



"Olde Getty Place"

St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church The Gettysburg Female InstituteLincoln Cemetery MarkerStained glass window at St. Francis Xavier Church

"Olde Getty Place" in Gettysburg was created through the Elm Street Program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is an  historic neighborhood within Gettysburg's Third Ward.  

Often overlooked by visitors, "Olde Getty Place" is home to the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, the Gettysburg Female Institute (birthplace of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Gettysburg College), St. Francis Xavier Church (which served as a hospital during and after the battle), and Lincoln Cemetery, established in 1867 as a final resting place for Gettysburg's African American residents.

 "Olde Getty Place - A Gettysburg Walking Tour" was published to help visitors learn more about these and other "hidden" historic places in Gettysburg.

More info on the brochure



USCT The Pennsylvania Grand Review

Camp William Penn

The Pennsylvania Grand Review will serve as a commemoration of the November 1865 event of the same name organized by the women of Harrisburg in November of 1865 to honor the United States Colored Troops (USCT).  Although nearly 180,000 USCT soldiers fought and served during the Civil War, they 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 PA 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.

Additional information




Visit the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station on Facebook

The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is now on Facebook.

Visit us to see photos of past Railroad Station exhibits and PA ALBC events and for news about the future of one of Gettysburg's most historic landmarks.

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Dedication Day Speaker: ABC News Commentator Sam Donaldson

Sam DonaldsonVeteran ABC commentator Sam Donaldson will be the featured speaker during Dedication Day Ceremonies at Soldiers' National Cemetery on Friday, November 19, 2010. This year's ceremony will mark the 147th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

A 42-year ABC News veteran, Donaldson served two appointments as chief White House correspondent for ABC News from 1977 to 1989 and again from January 1998 to August 1999, covering Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Donaldson also co-anchored "PrimeTime Live" with Diane Sawyer from August 1989 until it merged with "20/20" in 1999. He co-anchored the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast "This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts" from December 1996 to September 2002. 

From October 2001 to May 2004, Donaldson hosted "The Sam Donaldson Show -- Live in America," a daily news/talk radio program broadcast on ABC News Radio affiliates across the country. the show tackled the day's top stories and important issues -- getting comments from newsmakers, engaging listener calls and of course inserting his own experiences and opinions.


Donaldson's most recent assignment at ABC News is as co-anchor of "Politics Live" on ABC News Now, the network's 24-hour digital outlet.While Donaldson has retired from full-time work at the network, he will continue to appear frequently as a contributor on the "This Week" roundtable and contribute to ABC News Radio. (Photo by STEVE FENN/ABC)




New Exhibits at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station

Camp Curtain

"Harrisburg: Crossroads of the Civil War"
November 3 - December 23, 2010

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is generally not remembered as one of the great Civil War cities of the country. No battle was ever fought in Harrisburg, nor was the city captured by an enemy force, or raided as others in the North and South had been. However, Harrisburg was not destined to sit idly by as the war raged on to the south. - Excerpt from Panel One "Harrisburg"

Now through December 23rd, the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station will host a panel exhibit "Harrisburg: Crossroads of the Civil War" on loan from the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.  Not only was Harrisburg home to Camp Curtain, a vast 80-acre training camp of the Civil War, it was also the major rail junction in the northeastern United States and as such was an obvious objective of the Confederate Army.

Also part of the exhibit, are display cases containing a range of Civil War era artifacts. EXHIBIT OVERVIEW

This exhibit is on loan from The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Opened in February 2001, The National Civil War Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated solely to the American Civil War. It is the largest Civil War museum that addresses the war from both the Northern and Southern perspective, and from both a military and civilian perspective. The Museum protects some of the nation's treasures, including General Robert E. Lee's personal Bible, and more than 24,000 artifacts, documents and photos, worth an estimated $20 million. For more information, please call 717.260.1861, or visit the Museum's website.

USCT Recruiting poster

"Glorious March to Liberty"
November 8 - December 3, 2010

Be inspired by the "Glorious March to Liberty," the African American Civil War Museum's traveling exhibit. This fascinating exhibit shares the story of the 209,145 gallant soldiers and sailors who served in the Bureau of the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Their story is the story of "a glorious march to liberty." Visitors to the exhibit will learn about this glorious march and be inspired by their legacy of courage, leadership and service to all Americans.

The exhibit is comprised of eight panels with topics that include "Slavery and the Union," "Spies of the Rebellion," "Union Cry for Help," "Soldiers and Sailors," and "Liberators and Defenders." The exhibit contains historical photographs and documents, selections from Harpers Weekly, and excerpts from letters and diaries.EXHIBIT OVERVIEW

"Glorious March to Liberty" is on loan from the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. In January 1999, the African American Civil War Museum opened to the public. Using photographs and documents, the museum helps visitors understand the African American's heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom. For more information visit their website or call (202) 667-2667.

The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is open daily 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission along with The Civil War Institute, The Department of History, The Africana Studies Program, and The Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College.

These exhibits were made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.