A New Year has appeared, and we are still wondering where the last year went! The year 2015 began with brutal cold and heavy snow, followed by a rainy, cool summer and the warmest autumn – and December – we have seen in many years. Whatever 2016 brings, those of us at The Gettysburg Experience plan on being here, bringing you our latest issue of historic articles, time-tested recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events – which begins on page 11 of this publication. Read More
Ike and Mamie: 100 Years Together
On Valentine’s Day 1916 a young lieutenant gave his class ring to a nineteen-year old debutante. The pair had met on a porch at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio several months earlier.
While countless couples undoubtedly became engaged on Valentine’s Day a century ago, this couple was different. They were destined for a significant place on the pages of history. In 1916, however, they were just another young couple preparing for marriage.
Dwight D. Eisenhower knew that Mamie Doud was a few rungs above him on the social ladder. A young military officer who always struggled to make ends meet, he resisted the offer to meet Mamie Doud, a wealthy socialite six years younger than he was. He was busy, and had no time for social graces – something that he later admitted bored him.
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Memorials
Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly America’s most sculpted President. In addition to the Lincoln memorials in Washington D.C. and throughout the nation, Gettysburg alone boasts no less than eight sculptures that portray our 16th President. Does any other town have so many?
Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln have been historically combined because of Lincoln’s visit in 1863 to assist in the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The cemetery was the first of what would be many national military cemeteries where the war fallen were to be interred. Lincoln understood the importance of reverence toward the slain in battle, and with his Gettysburg Address, delivered on November 19, 1863, he immortalized the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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The Year 1916
With all the unrest emblazoned across the headlines as the year 2016 begins, perspective, especially a long-termed one, helps those of us living in these times to comprehend that over the years, so many things remain the same. One hundred years ago, during the year 1916 the world was in turmoil; and unrest on a global scale made the future seem very dim indeed. And yet, in the midst of the hardships that would give rise to even more unrest, there were a few good moments, and some interesting beginnings.
In the year 1916 the first Rose Bowl game was played in California. Boeing’s first aircraft took flight in Seattle, Washington. The Chicago Cubs played their first game in Wrigley Field, beating the Cincinnati Reds. Hawaii National Park – which featured the Kiluea Volcano, was established. On the U.S. mainland, the Federal government passed laws to give grants to states through which the new Lincoln Highway was to pass. To obliterate quagmires from muddy roads and to instigate paved roadways, the government hoped that the grants would inspire private enterprises to sponsor the effort.
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A Gettysburg Address: The Sherfy Farm
The Sherfy Farm, built about 1840, remains one of Gettysburg’s most picturesque farms, with a two-story stately Georgian style brick home and spacious barn. It is located on the Emmitsburg Road south of the Borough. Joseph Sherfy owned the property when the men in blue and gray clashed at Gettysburg during the summer of 1863. Joseph, his wife, Mary, their five children (two more were born later), and his mother-in-law inhabited the house up to the second day of the battle, and owned the now famous Peach Orchard, with close to one thousand peach trees, located across the Emmitsburg Road from the farm. Sherfy also had several outbuildings, a summer kitchen, and a few cherry trees on his farm.
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