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150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: Highlights and photos

The roads in Gettysburg are no longer packed with vehicles, media satellite trucks have fled the area, hotel vacancies have returned, and the booms that fill the air are likely thunder rather than cannon fire.

Now that the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is behind us, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the College’s connection to the commemoration, and the sights and sounds on campus and in town during the ten days of “Gettysburg 150: Reflections of History”.

Gettysburg College in the news

Carmichael interviewHundreds of media organizations covering the commemoration in town and countless others covering it from afar presented a wonderful opportunity for national visibility for the town and College. The College and our Civil War experts garnered 100+ Sesquicentennial-related media hits in June and July alone. Some of the highlights include:

New York Times:
The College was featured in 36 Hours in Gettysburg, Pa.
Our Witness to History smartphone app and Addressing Gettysburg film were featured in an article.
Allen Guelzo wrote a piece for their Disunion blog, was featured in a David Brooks column, and his Gettysburg book was reviewed.
Peter Carmichael wrote a College-sponsored advertorial.

Guelzo interviewWall Street Journal:
Allen Guelzo wrote an op-ed.
Peter Carmichael was quoted in an article.

Washington Post:
Our Witness to History smartphone app was featured in an article.
Allen Guelzo was quoted in a George Will column and his Gettysburg book was reviewed.
Alum William Frassanito was featured in a profile story.

USA Today:
Allen Guelzo wrote an op-ed.

Media trucksAssociated Press:
President Riggs was quoted in an article.
Allen Guelzo was featured in a story and video from atop Penn Hall’s cupola.
Peter Carmichael was featured in an article, and a photo and article on Little Round Top.
John Rudy was quoted in article.

Philadelphia Inquirer:
John Rudy wrote an op-ed.

A complete list of Sesquicentennial media hits

Re-live the commemoration

Picketts Charge crowdSee the sights in town and on campus in these photo galleries.

Watch Gettysburg College historians interpret July 1-3, 1863 in these short videos:

John Rudy on July 1

Peter Carmichael on July 2

Allen Guelzo on July 3

Learn about campus in 1863 vs. 2013 in this story and infographic.

Download the College’s Sesquicentennial app and watch the Addressing Gettysburg film.

More about the College’s Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War

Still want more?

Penn Hall concertCheck out these Civil War-related stories from Gettysburg magazine:

The Confederate who came to dinner: The story of James Francis Crocker

War & Memory: How the battle changed the College forever

Gettysburg College history

Gettysburg College (then known as Pennsylvania College) played a vital role in the Civil War, with more than 200 alumni serving the Union or Confederacy, and the College’s Pennsylvania Hall functioning as an observation post and hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. On Nov. 19, 1863, College students and faculty processed to hear Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Earlier in the year, an 1851 graduate of the College, prominent attorney David Wills, had invited Lincoln to deliver “a few appropriate remarks” at the cemetery’s dedication. Lincoln stayed with the Wills family on the square the night before delivering his famous speech.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013

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