Gettysburg College teamed up with History Associates, Inc., the history research and consulting firm that is the professional home of Brian Martin ’83 and Jen Giambrone ’10, on three projects for the commemoration of the American Civil War.
“Gettysburg gave me a great foundation for what I’ve done in my life. It gave me a love of learning and an ability to continue learning, which has been essential in my career and beyond. It’s been particularly fun working with the College on the projects for the Sesquicentennial and being engaged in that way,” said Martin, president and COO of History Associates.
“I’ve had a chance to make an impact on my alma mater in a way that most people don’t get to do,” added Giambrone, a research historian.
Addressing Gettysburg is a 15-minute film about the enduring meaning of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which uses the campus community to tell the story. The film will be shown at the Majestic Theater throughout the summer.
Watch Addressing Gettysburg above or on YouTube.
The Gettysburg College: Witness to History historical app is a 1.2-mile walking tour that takes you through the Gettysburg College campus and the town of Gettysburg. Individuals taking the tour and using the app will be able to witness the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of students, faculty, and townspeople living in Gettysburg during the summer of 1863.
The app also explores how the College continues to shape the memory of the battle, the Civil War, and the Gettysburg Address. Tour stops include information, maps, photos, quotes and more from original source material – much of it from Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library Special Collections.
Six interpretive historical signs mark significant locations on campus with stories and photos from the Civil War and beyond. The signs were installed just prior to Reunion Weekend 2013, and are located from the area behind the Jaeger Center to the heart of campus, from Penn Hall and the alumni house to admissions.
These projects are part of Gettysburg College’s American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. The College will sponsor events and programs throughout the anniversary that runs from 2011-2015 with special focus on 2013, which marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For more information, visit www.gettysburg.edu/cw2013 and www.gettysburgcivilwar150.com.
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.
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Posted: Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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