The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
Majestic Theater Art Gallery Exhibit
June 1 - December 4, 2013
About the 75th Anniversary
The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg was the last full-scale Civil War veterans' reunion. In 1938, over 2,000 soldiers of the Civil War gathered together to shake hands under the tents, on the battlefield, and throughout the Gettysburg College campus. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Peace Light on July 3rd, 1938, before a crowd of approximately 200,000 people. It was a unique chance for generations of Americans to join together to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil War with the participants, including two dozen veterans of the actual battle.
About the Exhibit
These images commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. They were the first items of the GettDigital Collection Civil War Reunions and Reminiscences. This growing digital collection illustrates the commemoration of the Civil War by its participants.
This exhibit was created by Special Collections, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College as part of the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg. This project would not have been possible without the tremendous support of Jane North and the Gettysburg College's Sesquicentennial Committee; Jeffrey Gabel and the staff of The Majestic Theater; Larry Knutson of Americas’ Arts, LLC; and Katie Barako, Special Projects Coordinator for the President’s Office. Our special thanks to Patricia Lott and the family of Jim Lott for the donation of the aerial view of Gettysburg in 1938.
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