The Christmas season is fast approaching, and we can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by. To help celebrate the season, we at The Gettysburg Experience
offer an array of interesting articles, delicious holiday recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events
. There are many family friendly events, most of them traditional in historic Adams County – from the annual Gettysburg Christmas Parade to the New Year’s Eve Celebration on Lincoln Square. Bundle up and enjoy! Our Calendar begins on page 11 of this issue. Read More >
Gettysburg: A Glimpse of Christmases Past
As the year comes to a close and the holiday season approaches, it seems that as we look to the future we also look with appreciation upon the past. The keeping of Christmas, especially, brings a wave of nostalgia to those who celebrate it every year. And historic Gettysburg is no exception.
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The House That Ike Built
When General Eisenhower retired from the Army after World War II, he and his wife, Mamie, wanted a place to settle for their retirement. The couple decided against Abilene or Denver, their respective childhood homes. A visit by old friends the Allens, who had recently purchased a farm in Gettysburg, piqued the Eisenhowers’ interest. They had lived in Gettysburg in 1918, when Ike was stationed as the commander of Camp Colt. They had enjoyed Gettysburg, for both the memories of their early marriage and the history, which Ike found particularly fascinating. They decided to look for a farm in Gettysburg – and in the fall of 1950, they left New York – where Ike was working at Columbia University, for a weekend at Gettysburg with the Allens. When they reached an old farm for sale by Allen Redding, Mamie was immediately taken with the place. Read More >
Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years LaterThree-quarters of a century ago, America was thrust into World War II with the surprise attack upon the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, Hawaii. On December 7, 2016, the survivors of that dreadful attack, most of them in their nineties, will commemorate the 75th anniversary.
December 7, 1941 has some interesting ties to an equally dreadful three days that occurred in the summer of 1863. Here are some somber similarities between Pearl Harbor and a place called Gettysburg:
1. Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor are similar in that both battles were a surprise – at least to some of the combatants. Robert E. Lee had no idea that the Union army was just behind him when he invaded Pennsylvania in June 1863. When the battle began early in the morning of July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, the renowned Confederate general was surprised and unsettled that his men had begun the conflict without his knowledge or permission. In an eerily similar pattern, residents of Honolulu, airmen with their grounded planes at Hickham Field, and the U.S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor had no idea that hundreds of planes bearing the emblem of the Rising Sun were headed straight for them with deadly accuracy on December 7, 1941. Read More >
Purple Piggy Toys & Gifts, Time Tested Favorites
It’s time to put away the video games and remember the toys that have been favorites for generations. Puzzles, games and interactive learning toys are still the best gifts for children, and for grown ups too. The Purple Piggy Toys & Gifts, Gettysburg’s newest address at 114 Buford Avenue, has a plethora of merchandise that will delight the kid in all of us. Read More >
John Imboden: "A Sad, Sad Day For Us"As night fell across the fields of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, the Confederates knew the day had not gone well for them. General John Imboden, who did not arrive at Gettysburg until that day, was summoned by General Lee. Not finding him at his headquarters, Imboden, a 40-year-old brigade commander of cavalry, learned that Lee was at General Hill’s headquarters near the Pitzer Farm on Seminary Ridge, where by the light of a single candle, he saw the two commanders searching a map spread collectively upon their knees. Lee greeted Imboden, and asked him to wait at his headquarters near the Thompson House on the Chambersburg Pike. Imboden waited for his superior until 1 o’clock in the morning on July 4. The full moon brightly illuminated Lee’s features as he plodded slowly toward the Virginia cavalryman and his staff, who waited for him lying at the base of a tree. Read More>
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