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Gettysburg Three Days That Changed America

Did you know that ...

the federal income tax began as a temporary measure to pay for the Civil War?

the federal government began printing paper money as a Civil War expedient? President Lincoln was not the featured speaker when he gave the Gettysburg Address?

Indiana played a prominent role at Gettysburg? there might not have been a Purdue University had there been no Civil War?

Course Content
In HIST 35001 (Gettysburg Three Days That Changed America) we will discuss these and other aspects of the Civil War that impact our lives today, examine the critical Battle of Gettysburg that many historians agree was the crucial turning point of the war, explore the meaning of Lincolns famous Gettysburg Address, and visit the Gettysburg National Military Park and surrounding area attractions. Part I of the course will consist of three evening class meetings that will feature illustrated presentations, films, and other materials about the context of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Address, and the significance of each. Part II will be a three-day trip to visit the new National Park Visitor Center, explore the battlefield, and visit other area attractions. Among the historic places we will visit are the famous High Water Mark of the Confederacy, the Soldiers National Cemetery where Lincoln gave his historic address, Little Round Top, Devils Den, Cemetery Hill, Culps Hill and many, many other famous locations. Walk the very soil where Picketts Charge broke against the Union defenses. Visit Robert E. Lees headquarters. Stand in the historic Evergreen Cemetery where Union soldiers sought refuge from Confederate shells among the tombstones. Tour the 6,000 acres of the Gettysburg National Military Park with over 1,400 monuments, markers and memorials. Learn about the roles that Indiana regiments played in the battle, then walk the exact ground where these Hoosiers stood and fought. This exciting opportunity to learn about and actually tour one of the most important historical sites in America will be available during the May summer session, 2012. The course meets over only 9 days. Classes will meet on the evenings of May 8, 9, and 10. The trip will take place May 14, 15, and 16.

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Credit and Non-Credit Options

The course is offered for credit for students who wish to include it in their degree programs, or as a non-credit option for students or community residents who simply wish to learn more about the Civil War and enjoy the opportunity to tour the battlefield and visit the many village shops and bookstores. Space is limited, so make your reservation early.

No Required Textbook or Materials

There are no required materials to purchase for this course. All reading or other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Rooms have been reserved at a centrally located Gettysburg motel at approximately $71 for a single and $76 for a double. Double occupancy may be shared to reduce housing costs by one-half. Participants may also make their own reservations at other motels, campsites, or alternative locations. In the past, some students have taken advantage of Gettysburg campgrounds to make the trip into a family vacation. Travel information will be available at the first class.

Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early. To register, contact the Continuing Education Office at 219-785-5354. NOTE: a deposit is due NO LATER THAN April 10 to secure a place in the course.

Gettysburg Diorama: The entire battle and town of Gettysburg re-created in HO scale miniatures with over 20,000 hand-painted soldiers, horses, artillery pieces and buildings. Located at 610 Taneytown Road at the Artillery Ridge Campground. Gettysburg Outlet Mall: Over 90 stores and a Cinema for your enjoyment.

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Other Area Attractions

American Civil War Museum: An audio-visual presentation orients visitors to the Civil War and Gettysburgs part in the war. Over 200 life-size figures highlight Picketts Charge. An animated Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address. Books, artwork and souvenirs fill the lobby area. Located at 297 Steinwehr Avenue. Eisenhower National Historic Site: The home of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The National Park Service offers guided tours of the house with its original furnishings, the grounds, and various programs on Eisenhowers life as a general in World War II and 34th President of the United States. It is located at 250 Eisenhower Farm Lane. Gettysburg Battle Theater: See a complete battlefield diorama of 25,000 hand-painted miniature soldiers. See the role your state played in the Battle of Gettysburg. See the armies arrival, battle lines forming, and the advances and retreats of the struggling armies. The Gettysburg Battle Theatre, located next to the field where General Pickett led his men on that historic charge, is a Multi-Media presentation of the crucial three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and those leading up to it.

Ghost Tours: Ghosts have become a booming industry in Gettysburg. There are several options to choose from if you wish a haunting experience. These include Civil War Hauntings Candlelight Ghost Walk nightly along Steinwehr Avenue at 8 and 9:30 p.m. (call 717-752-5588 for reservations); Ghostly Images of Gettysburg takes you inside a haunted house (call 717-334-6296 for reservations 548 Baltimore Street); Farnsworth House Civil War Mourning Theater takes you to a dark basement to hear stories of ghosts haunting the battlefield and town (717-334-8838 401 Baltimore Street the building was occupied by Confederate sharpshooters and boasts over 100 bullet holes even today); and Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours as seen on TVs Unsolved Mysteries takes you to sites of hauntings (717-337-0445 271 Baltimore Street).

Frequent musical events and other activities enliven any stay in the Gettysburg area.

Hall of Presidents: A collection of presidents meticulously reproduced in Wax in every detail. The wax figures, using the magic of lights and sound, tell the story of America in their own perspective and their own voices. The Smithsonian Collection of First Ladies Inaugural gowns is authentically reproduced in the Hall of First Ladies. See, the nostalgic Eisenhowers at Gettysburg exhibit, highlighting the years spent by the Eisenhower family on their farm just outside of Gettysburg. Take a step back into the past and relive the times when everybody liked Ike. Jennie Wade House: Jenny Wade was the only civilian known to have been killed during the Battle of Gettysburg when she was struck by a snipers bullet while preparing food for Union troops. The Jennie Wade House preserves in the old McClellan Home the furniture and appointments of the interior as it must have looked at the time of the battle. It is located at 200 Steinwehr Avenue. Lincoln Train Museum: Over 1,800 piece collection of model trains from the early 1800s to the present day. Also includes dioramas on the role of railroads in the Civil War. The Lincoln Train Museum is home to the famous Lincoln Train Ride where you can ride aboard the Presidential Train with President Lincoln as he travels to Gettysburg to dedicate the National Cemetery with a few appropriate remarks. Also on display is the world famous Lincoln Toy Train Collection with operating layouts featuring over 1000 trains and colorful dioramas illustrating the role of the railroad during the Civil War. The Museum also features an extensive array of Railroad memorabilia and Gettysburg Souvenirs. Located at 425 Steinwehr Avenue. Shriver House Museum: Four floors of this original Gettysburg home highlight the experiences of civilians during the Battle of Gettysburg. The museum is a fully restored residence from the 1860s. Visitors to the museum are taken on a forty minute tour through what was originally the home of George Washington Shriver. Confederate sharpshooters occupied the upper portions of the house during the battle to snipe at Union troops on Cemetery Hill. Located at 309 Baltimore Street.

Shopping: Scores of antique and other boutique stores in period buildings line the streets of Gettysburg.

Soldiers National Museum: Used by Gen. Oliver Otis Howard as his headquarters during the battle, and subsequently as The National Soldiers Orphan Homestead, this building now houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from not only the American Civil War but other major American Conflicts. The Museum also features beautifully crafted miniature Dioramas of the major conflicts of the Civil War as well as a Life-Sized, Narrated Confederate Encampment. It is located on Baltimore Street.


Gettysburg National Cemetery

Brand new Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center