Wed, June 12, 2013

Gettysburg Lecture and Exhibit Grand Opening


“New Exhibit and Perspectives Lecture Highlights the Sacrifice of Civil War Soldiers”
One hundred and fifty years ago, the events of 1863 added another chapter to the stories of dedicated Civil War Soldiers’ lives, but their stories did not end with death. At 6:00 PM on  Wednesday, June 19th, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA, will highlight these stories with the opening of, “A Great Civil War: 1863, Battles that Defined a Nation,” the newest addition to “The Soldier Experience” gallery. The event will include short remarks about the exhibit, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and light refreshments. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Carol Reardon, the George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State University, will present a lecture entitled, “Telling the Army Story: Voices of Gettysburg’s Slain,” as part of the USAHEC’s 45th annual Perspective in Military History Lecture Series.  Both events will present another fascinating viewpoint of the conflict which tore this nation in two.  
The new exhibit focuses on the devastating battles during the decisive campaigns of 1863.  When looking at the massive number of casualties from battles, it is easy to overlook the personal stories and sacrifices of individuals.  The Soldiers’ stories highlighted in “A Great Civil War: 1863, Battles that Defined a Nation,” add to the total understanding of the men who served our country. In addition to narratives of battles such as Vicksburg and Chancellorsville, the exhibit also demonstrates troubles on the home front.
Following the exhibit’s opening, Dr. Reardon will present a lecture entitled, “Telling the Army Story: Voices of Gettysburg’s Slain.” The lecture will discuss personal stories of the surgeons, families, and comrades-in-arms who became the voices of the over 7,000 casualties from the Battle of Gettysburg.  Dr. Reardon has taught at both West Point and the U.S. Army War College, and is an expert on the Civil War era.  She has written multiple books on the subject, including her latest book, A Field Guide to Gettysburg, co-authored with Tom Vossler.

Both events will be FREE and open to the public. The museum will remain open from 5:00 PM to the beginning of the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00 PM. The ceremony will include light refreshments, provided by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, and short remarks from the USAHEC leadership. The Perspectives lecture will begin shortly after the ceremony, at 7:15 PM in the USAHEC multipurpose rooms. Parking is free and both Cafe Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For directions to the USAHEC and general information about the USAHEC and other upcoming events, please visit  For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.