04 November 2013

Dedication Day Honored by HACC’s Gettysburg Campus

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will hold multiple commemorative events.

The annual Dedication Day ceremony, sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, with the 51st Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, as the keynote speakers.

Due to limited viewing space in the National Cemetery, free viewing of the ceremony for up to 300 people will be available for simulcast at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road, in the Robert C. Hoffman Community Room.

Additional free viewing areas for simulcast will be the Gateway Gettysburg Theatre, 20 Presidential Circle; Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., and the lawn north of Meade’s Headquarters in Gettysburg National Military Park.

From 1-2:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Hoffman Community Room at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, Charlie Fennell, Ph.D. – licensed battlefield guide, HACC history professor and Battle of Gettysburg expert – will present the historical importance of the Battle of Gettysburg as an enduring national shrine. The presentation is open to the public.

At 6 p.m., Terry Havel – HACC history professor and licensed Gettysburg town guide – will provide an interpretive walking tour that follows Lincoln’s footsteps during his November 1863 visit. This tour, which is open to the public, will begin at the Gettysburg Train Station, 35 Carlisle St., and will last approximately 90 minutes.  Parking is available at the garage in Race Horse Alley located behind the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square. 

Parking at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus will be limited to staff and students. Community members are welcome to use Freedom Transit Trolley, 103 Carlisle St., gray line, with service daily between Downtown Gettysburg Transit Center and Gateway Gettysburg. Destinations include Gettysburg College, HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, Perkin’s Hotel Complex and the Peebles Plaza.

For additional information about HACC’s Gettysburg Campus events, contact Vanessa Larson at 717-339-3509 or email vvlarson@hacc.edu.