Special education events at Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg National Military Park will start the new year with events for families with special learners.   

“We aim to provide unique access to our park stories, artifacts, and education staff that elevates the fun and learning potential for an ever-expanding circle of kids.” explained Barbara Sanders, Education Specialist for Gettysburg National Military Park. 

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Two children watch a video in the Wills House Museum about Abraham Lincoln. NPS Photo

These special winter events this year include: 

January 7 – 9 am to 11 am – “Lincoln at Gettysburg” for the Hearing-Impaired 

Program begins at the David Wills House Museum, 8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325 

Youth and families will explore President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg journey and speech with park rangers and American Sign Language interpreters. The program will include interactive tours of the David Wills House Museum, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and conclude with a recitation of the Gettysburg Address in American Sign Language. 

January 21: 9 am to 11 am – “Life of a Civil War Soldier” for the Visually-Impaired 

Program begins in the Ford Education Center, Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 

Youth and families will explore the material environment and sounds of a typical Civil War soldier camp through bugle calls and other music, hands-on history stations, and a visit to a battlefield farm used as a general’s headquarters and field hospital. Sensory keepsake bags will transport the learning and inspiration back home.  

These events are free of charge, but pre-registration is required by emailing the education team at gett_education@nps.gov.   

Participants are invited to stay on for our free Saturday morning Reading Adventures program at 11 am in the theater at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  

The book selection for January 7 is Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and will be presented in American Sign Language.  

The book selection for January 21 is Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov.   

The History Kids Reading Adventures Club, for families with children ages 4-10 meets each Saturday morning at 11 am in January and February where families can join a park educator to hear a new book, with pages projected onto the movie screen, and then participate in a related indoor or outdoor family-led adventure. The winter reading program teaches budding history buffs about important events and important people in history with a focus on the Civil War era.  

For more information on these and other family focused programming at Gettysburg National Military Park, please visit: nps.gov/gett or email Gett_Education@nps.gov.   

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