Lincoln 108 by artist Wendy Allen


Musselman Library
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 337-6600


Schedule of Events

November 2004 | January 2005| February 2005


Three Women of Gettysburg
Speaker: Chris Ericson Hansen, Instructor of History

Tuesday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Special Collections (4th floor), Musselman Library, Gettysburg College

Chris Ericson Hansen discusses the experiences of three women in Gettysburg during the momentous events of July 1863.

  • Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery during the battle
  • Fannie Buehler, the wife of one of the town leaders, and
  • Elizabeth Butler, a self-employed African American woman

This event is sponsored by Friends of Musselman Library and refreshments will be served.

Elizabeth Thorn by artist Don Rinehart
� 2000-2004 Brian A. Kennell, Evergreen Cemetery

By discussing these women I hope to disprove the myth that there was any single 'female' experience of the battle and instead explore how ethnicity, class and race affected the civilian experience of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Chris Hansen

Dedication Day – 141st Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
Friday, November 19

Visit Gettysburg College's Civil War Institute web site for details on the day's events!

10 a.m. - Ceremony at the Soldiers' National Cemetery

8 p.m. - Standing Tall: The Heroic Image of Abraham Lincoln. Fortenbaugh Lecture by renowned Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer. Gettysburg College Union Ballroom.

Remembrance Day
Saturday, November 20
1 p.m. – Parade and Ceremonies
Parade begins in Downtown Gettysburg at 1 p.m. with ceremonies to follow at the Woolson Memorial and the High Water Mark. Sponsored by the Sons of Unions Veterans. For details contact the Gettysburg National Military Park at (
717) 334-1124.
5:30 p.m. – 2nd Annual Luminaria,
Soldiers' National Cemetery

Sponsored by the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. Luminary candles will be placed on each Civil War grave as a testament to the sacrifices made here in 1863. For information contact the Friends at (717) 334-0772.



Exhibit Opens
Monday, January 3rd

Musselman Library, Gettysburg College

Forever Free:
Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's operating hours.
Use these links for directions to Gettysburg College and the Campus Map.

One of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln from life, taken by Alexander Gardner in Spring, 1865. (courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino, California)
Film & Discussion: "Young Mr. Lincoln"
Speaker: Jim Udden, Asst. Professor of Film Studies

Tuesday, January 18, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater (Breidenbaugh 201), Gettysburg College

This is the most famous film on Lincoln, yet it covers a part of his career no one knows much about outside of experts. Why then does this play so well as a film, and not other lesser works that include famous moments like the Gettysburg Address? —Jim Udden


Come hear Professor Udden talk about this film classic by legendary director John Ford. "Young Mr. Lincoln" was released in 1939 and featured the young actor, Henry Fonda. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screen Play.

The movie is a fictionalized account of Lincoln's early life including his budding interest in politics, an early love, setting up a law practice, and meeting Mary Todd. The film's highlight is a court trial.

Professor Udden will speak prior to the film and then take questions at the end.

Film & Discussion "Adams County USA"
Speaker: Jake Boritt, Producer, Director and Writer
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater (Breidenbaugh 201), Gettysburg College

Film: "Glory"
Monday, January 24, 7 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium
(McCreary Hall, Room 115), Gettysburg College
Tuesday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater (Breidenbaugh 201), Gettysburg College

Glory is the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Despised by the South, distrusted by the North, the 54th overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in their fight to join the war for freedom. Underpaid and ill-equipped, facing certain death at the hands of the Confederacy, the 54th rose to every challenge; from racism within the ranks to the harrowing final battle.
� RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video

Starring:  Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington,
Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Glory is based on a true story. (1989, 122 mins., Rated R)

Civil War Dance Workshop
Wednesday, January 26, 7 p.m.
College Union Building (CUB) Ballroom, Gettysburg College

Get on your feet!

Nancy Walker, a professional dancer and instructor specializing in Early Dance, will talk about the role of dance in Civil War era society and then conduct a workshop to teach participants several dances.

You don't have to have a partner or be JLO to master this class!

Forever Free: Opening Reception
Friday, January 28, 4:30 p.m.
Musselman Library Apse (Main Floor), Gettysburg College

You're invited to an exciting celebration!

Enjoy some food, browse the exhibit, and hear live Civil War Era music.

Featured music performances by Camerata and World Music Ensemble (Gettysburg College choral ensembles) will include mainstream music from the time and spirituals and emancipation songs.

Meet Lincoln artist, Wendy Allen.

Opening remarks will be given by Robin Wagner, Library Director, and Professor Gabor Boritt, Director of the Civil War Institute.


Crossing Freedom's Fault Line:
The Underground Railroad in Southern Pennsylvania

Speaker: Scott Hancock, Assistant Professor of History
Tuesday, February 1, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater (Breidenbaugh 201), Gettysburg College

The black men, women, and children who gambled their lives to slip away from slavery through the wooded mountains and valleys of Pennsylvania give us tremendously exciting stories.  Interest in the Underground Railroad continues to grow.  But has it changed how we understand our history? 

This talk suggests that African Americans who attempted to escape slavery played a central role in pushing the nation toward Civil War.  Their stories go beyond exciting the imagination; their stories influenced how Americans, black, white, north and south,
defined freedom and what it meant to be an American

A Musical Reflection of Lincoln's Era
Friday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Musselman Library Apse (Main Floor), Gettysburg College

Join us for a musical celebration of Lincoln with the Gettysburg College Wind Ensemble, Lewes Pedell conducting. This event will feature a performance of Persichetti's "A Lincoln Address" with narrator James Getty and historian Gabor Boritt, Director of the Civil War Institute. Guest performance by the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife & Drum Corps.

Secrets of the Underground Railroad
Speaker: James Delle, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, Kutztown University

Tuesday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Adams County Library, Main Branch, Gettysburg

While oral tradition and documentary history can tell us much about Underground Railroad activities in Pennsylvania, many secrets about the movement are literally hidden underground.

James Delle explores how archaeology can reveal secrets about the movement that helped fugitive slaves gain their freedom by discussing several Underground Railroad sites in eastern Pennsylvania, including the Parvin Homestead in Berks County and the Thaddeus Stevens house in Lancaster.

This event is hosted by the Adams County Library System and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.





Thaddeus Stevens

The President Who Did Not Bark:
The Mystery of
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
Featured speaker: Allen C. Guelzo
, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era
Wednesday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium (McCreary Hall, Room 115), Gettysburg College

Prizewinning Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo discusses his latest book,
"Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation."

I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves...are, and henceforward shall be free....

No other words in American history changed the lives of so many Americans as this plain, blunt declaration from Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation...

What were Lincoln's real intentions? Was he the Great Emancipator or just a Great Fixer? What slaves did the Proclamation actually free? Or did the slaves free themselves? Why is the language of the Proclamation so bland, so legalistic, so far from the soaring eloquence of the Gettysburg Address?

© 2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Brown Bag Lunch for College Support Staff
Speaker: Jennifer Chesney Harp, Class of 2003

Friday, February 11, Noon
Musselman Library Apse (Main Floor), Gettysburg College

Lifestyle of the Victorian Woman

Come visit the world of the Victorian woman as we commemorate the life of Abraham Lincoln. Learn the rules by which she guided her life and the customs that spoke of her high breeding. Examine the clothing she wore, the books she read, the material culture that filled her home.

Bring your lunch (yes, you have special permission to eat in the Library). After the presentation, celebrate Lincoln's birthday with a cake and spend some time browsing the exhibit.

Image from Godey's Lady's Book, 1861.
Musselman Library Special Collections.

Jack Hopkins' Civil War: The African American Experience in Gettysburg during the Civil War
Speaker: Peter Vermilyea, Teacher and Historian

Tuesday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater (Breidenbaugh, Room 201), Gettysburg College
Vermilyea, a Gettysburg alumnus, relates the story of African Americans in Gettysburg during the Civil War by focusing on one family, that of Jack Hopkins. Hopkins was a custodian of the College and his son served in the U.S. Colored Troops. The Hopkins home was near the site of Musselman Library.
Alumni Luncheon
Speaker: Charley Dittrich, Asst. Director Annual Giving, Class of 1999

Wednesday, February 16, Noon
Musselman Library Apse (Main Floor), Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College alumni are invited to a private luncheon at Musselman Library to view the "Forever Free" exhibit and hear a lecture by fellow alumnus and history scholar, Charley Dittrich.

Dittrich will discuss the depiction of Lincoln and African Americans in Civil War Era newspapers, analyzing how illustrations and cartoons provide a clear representation of Lincoln’s policies on slavery and emancipation.

Cost for the lunch is $5 per person. Please call Stacey Zeller, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at 337-6510 for more information.


Last Day of Exhibit
Friday, February 18th


There is no admission fee for these events.
For more information, please call Musselman Library at (717) 337-6600.

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