Massachusetts Monument at dusk
Essex County at Gettysburg: Massachusetts and the High Water Mark of the Confederacy
The Gettysburg Foundation will present this program in Topsfield Massachusetts on April 5, 2018. Attendees will hear about Essex County and the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as lessons in democracy and citizenship that are every bit as important today in our climate of political discord.
Dr. Matthew Moen, President of the Gettysburg Foundation, will deliver remarks on the lessons we can learn about democracy and citizenship from the sacrifices made during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, and an Essex County native, will explore the experiences of these men, and how the events of the summer of 1863 reverberated through the North Shore.
Eric Schultz, Chairman of the Board, Gettysburg Foundation, will emcee.
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 7-8:30 PM
Trinity Church of Topsfield
124 River Road, Topsfield, Massachusetts
RSVP: Brian Klinzing 717.357.6800 [email protected]
Great Conversations at Gettysburg
Gettysburg Foundation Continues to Educate
In 2018, the Gettysburg Foundation is undertaking an innovative series of programs, bringing people together to discuss the great American democratic experiment.
This series has its foundation in the stories of an epic battle in the history of North America; President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address—the most known and celebrated speech delivered by an American president; and President Eisenhower’s residence, reflecting his standing as a military hero, statesman and international diplomat. It is natural for Gettysburg to become a leading place in the nation for non-partisan, constructive dialogue about citizenship, leadership, conflict and conciliation in American democracy.
Gettysburg Remains Significant to the American Democratic Dialogue
The Civil War was rooted in deeply held beliefs about the origins of government and social order. The bloodiest battle of the War was soon followed by the Gettysburg Address—the healing words of President Lincoln—who hoped democracy might be strengthened out of the bloodshed. Gettysburg stands as a principal place where thoughtful public conversations about political differences can give way to civility and reconciliation. Great Conversations at Gettysburg is a series of formal—and informal—conversations about American democracy, and what it means to be a citizen and leader.
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Evening with the Painting
2018 Dates: February 24, March 31, June 16, August 4, October 6, November 16 and November 17.
Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, presents Evening with the Painting, an exclusive "after-hours" program of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. The presentation includes a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country's largest painting. The program concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session.
Secrets of the Cyclorama
Hosted by Licensed Battlefield Guide Chris Brenneman, Secrets of the Cyclorama reveals many little known modifications to the historic painting and reviews the moods, attitudes and conditions that existed when the painting was created in the 1880s. Afterward, participants will view the Cyclorama and discuss some of the people and places that are visible in the painting. Brenneman will highlight areas where troops, generals and scenery were added in 1889. He will also share information about the historic “keys” created to help viewers interpret the painting. Visitors will see magnified views of the painting, and a question and answer period will take place after the discussion.