Please join our Curator, Brett Kelley as he kicks off our 2018 Lessons in History Speaker Series with “New Acquisitions and Seldom Seen Treasures of the Museum”. This presentation will include a display of the NCWM’s newest donations and additions to the Museum collection. The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
Please join us with friends and family on our community free day to celebrate Black History Month!
Admission is FREE to All!
10 AM - 4 PM - Treasures from the National Civil War Museum – guests will be able to handle selected artifacts
10 AM - 4 PM - Period clothing station for children & adults to try on and take selfies
10AM - 4PM - Coloring Activity Station
More details to follow.
Please join our CEO, Wayne E. Motts with the 2nd of our 2018 Lessons in History Speaker Series as he presents “The Wounded Soon Began To Pour In…: The George Spangler Farm and the Union 11th Corps Hospital at Gettysburg.” Wayne Motts will take you back 155 years to the scene of Gettysburg’s best preserved and documented field hospital. His presentation will include unpublished, rare, and seldom scene material associated with the farm and its history. The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
Tom McMillan’s book, Gettysburg Rebels is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army - and returned "home" as foreign invaders for the great battle in July 1863. Drawing on rarely-seen documents and family histories, as well as military service records, courthouse records, newspaper clippings and contemporary accounts, McMillan delves into the backgrounds of Wesley Culp, Henry Wentz and the little-known Hoffman brothers in a riveting tale of Civil War drama and intrigue. His discovery of a six-page, hand-written “Story of Wesley Culp,” written by Wesley’s niece, sheds new light on the traditional Culp story known by Gettysburg visitors.
About the speaker:
Tom McMillan works in sports but his passion is history – especially Civil War history. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, and on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation. He also volunteers as a tour guide at the Civil War Room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, Pa. More than 31 members of his family tree served in the Union Army during the Civil War, including eight members of the 62nd Pennsylvania who fought in The Wheatfield at Gettysburg. McMillan’s previous book was Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11. His day job is vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. McMillan grew up near Pittsburgh and earned a journalism degree from Point Park University. He and his wife, Colleen, are regular visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield.
The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
The National Civil War Museum is proud to provide a community free day with activities and entertainment for the community, completely free of charge to visitors on this day in conjunction with Civil War Days in Harrisburg. Museum guests will enjoy special presentations, children's activities and a living history encampment.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Coloring Activity Station
Period Clothing Station for children & adults to try on garments and take selfies
10:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Living History Encampment - Cooper's Battery B
Museum visitors will see the flash and smell the smoke of Civil War muskets and rifles. Visitors are
encouraged to visit the camps and ask living
historians questions about their attire, food rations and daily life.
*Program is weather contingent. Visitors should check back for updates to this schedule,
as they are subject to change.
More details to follow.