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To commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Park Rangers, historians and licensed battlefield guides are providing free virtual tours of the historic Civil War battle.
On Wednesday morning, the Park began premiering videos on their Facebook page, covering events of the Battle in “real time.”
With the online initiative, the Park says it will offer viewers “unprecedented access to locations and historic structures that have previously never been featured during the Battle Anniversary.”
Additionally, at 8:30 p.m. each evening from July 1 – July 3, the Park will share an extended virtual program in a joint collaboration with the Adams County Historical Society, the Gettysburg Foundation, and the American Battlefield Trust.
“While certainly different than previous Battle Anniversary’s, we are excited to be able to share the story of the battle with our digital visitors,” said Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at GNMP, in a press release.
“By working with our friends and colleagues, we’ve been able to create a unique collection of virtual anniversary programs that will bring visitors to the famous, and not so famous, places on the battlefield.”
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center also recently reopened to the public, with added safety precautions, after being closed for more than three months.
The Battle Anniversary is normally highlighted by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee’s annual three-day battle reenactment, which has drawn in hundreds of thousands of visitors over the past 25 years. However, last September, GAC decided to cancel their 2020 reenactment plans, citing several factors including declining interest and an aging demographic among reenactors.
Another group, the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, still plans to hold their own reenactment at the historic Daniel Lady Farm later this summer. The nonprofit organization recently postponed their event to August 22-23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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