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The Gettysburg Experience
magazine, a publication exploring the Gettysburg of yesterday and today. We offer an array of interesting articles – most of which have a direct relation to historic Gettysburg from the Colonial era through the turn of the 21st century, often with an emphasis on the famous battle that occurredin the summer of 1863.

The Gettysburg Experience also offers a comprehensive Events Calendar (for those who want to know what special happenings to attend when they visit – any time of the year), delicious recipes, Gettysburg trivia, profiles of people and area businesses.

Having served the Gettysburg area since 1997, The Gettysburg Experience now extends our magazine to a wider circulation of readers, offering a glimpse into one of America’s most fascinating towns.

This Month's Headlines:


Editor's Letter
As the holiday season approaches, we at The Gettysburg Experience are ready to help you celebrate this anticipated time of year with a selection of articles, holiday recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events.
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The Shriver House: A Holiday Journey
When George and Henrietta Shriver built their Gettysburg home on Baltimore Street before the war began, they could not have known that theirs was a legacy that would one day allow future generations a glimpse into Victorian-era America. The saga of this normal Pennsylvania couple, along with their two young daughters, Sadie and Mollie, is chronicled at The Shriver House Museum, located at 309 Baltimore Street.
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The Battle of the Bulge & Gettysburg
The anniversary of World War II's worst battle approaches its 70th anniversary on December 16. The Battle of the Bulge, which was waged in the arduous Ardennes, a densely forested and hilly region in eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg, was Adolf Hitler's last attempt at an offensive attack against the Allies. While none of the leaders of the American Civil War even begin to approach the megalomania and evil of Hitler and his cronies, there are, as in all battles, some interesting and even eerie parallels to the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg.
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December 1864: The Deep Waters Rising
As the year 1864 wound to a close, the darkness of the past twelve months seemed overwhelming. On Thursday, December 1, news of the recent Confederate loss at The Battle of Franklin reverberated through the South like a bolt of lightning. "Can any victory pay for so much death?" one Southerner was heard to lament. For those south of the Mason Dixon Line, victories were few.1
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A Holiday Surprise
As the holiday season began, during the closing weeks of the nineteenth century, Harry Keeler, a local vagrant, was arrested for intoxication and for being found "in a general state of dilapidation." Well known throughout the region, Keeler was placed in the Cumberland County jail. It appeared that he would spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas behind bars. It was just as well, as he had no profession, no place to live, and no family to lend him aid.
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McKesson House: Classics for Every Day
When Sally Thomas visited her daughter and son-in-law in Germany after the birth of their first son, William, she was amazed at the colorful dinnerware at the family table. It was her introduction to the classic warmth and beauty of Polish pottery. When, a few years later, her husband Dean joined her for a visit to her daughter's family, he encouraged the two women to sell the amazing kitchen ware. Now in its 13th year, Sally and her daughter Heather are the owners of McKesson House Polish Pottery, located at 204 East Main Street (rear), in Fairfield. The ample store is housed in a beautifully preserved historic barn, with two stories full of the largest array of Polish Pottery in the area.
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A Hero's Tribute
Few moments in battle are as memorable as the hours of the oppressive afternoon of July 3, 1863. General Robert E. Lee's attempt to split the Union center at Gettysburg ended in annihilation for many brave young men from both North and South. Names that are forever linked to Gettysburg were made famous at the High Water Mark: Generals Pickett, Armistead, Hancock, Kemper, Pettigrew, and Richard Garnett.
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Recipes, Yesterday, & Today >




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