March 2009

The Luck of the Irish!

The Luck of the Irish to you!  March is an exciting month in Gettysburg!  Spring is just around the corner, the streets of Gettysburg are starting to bustle, and everyone feels a little green... whether they truly are Irish or not!

The Gettysburg Gift Center is your one-stop-shop for historical Irish gifts, collectibles and apparel.  From t-shirts to sculptures, you won't need any luck finding what you're looking for!  Make sure you visit us online at www.GettysburgMuseum.com!
In This Issue
A Little Irish!
2009 Living History Programming Begins March 6!
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A Little Irish...
Chernak Pewter SculpturesSt. Patrick's Day always makes everyone feel a little Irish!  The involvement and importance of Irish-Americans during the Civil War has not gone unnoticed.  The North and the South both had Irish soldiers among their ranks, and on the battlefield.  The Gettysburg Gift Center has a large selection of Irish-related gifts, collectibles and apparel to choose from!

Father Corby by SchmehlOne of the most noted Irish figures during the Battle of Gettysburg, and throughout the Civil War was Father Corby.  Chaplain of the Irish Brigade, Father Corby is most remembered for granting the catholic members of the brigade absolution just before they advanced to the Wheatfield on the afternoon of July 2, 1863.  A remarkable sight, nearly 300 men kneeling before him as he offered prayer from a large boulder in the middle of the battlefield. This scene has been captured by two of the Gettysburg Gift Center's premier artist.  Andrew Chernak's pewter sculpture "Father Corby" (above - $79) is one of three Irish Brigade sculptures he has created in his Civil War collection. Renowned artist Bradley Schmehl's canvas vignette "Father Corby" (right - $95) brings the event to life with color and realism.

Irish t-shirtShow your Irish colors by wearing a 69th Regiment Irish Brigade t-shirt!  Or fly a Son's of Erin Flag at your home!  The Gift Center also has pins, jewelry, and accessories with a touch of Irish!  Known for one of the largest collections of books in Gettysburg, there are plenty of Irish-based books available!  No matter what you're looking for, we can help you with all your shopping needs! Make sure you visit the "Irish Brigade" page on our online store at www.GettysburgMuseum.com! If you can't find exactly what you are looking for, email us at info@gettysburgmuseum.com.  Our knowledgeable and courteous sales staff is available to assist you! 

2009 Living History Programming Begins March 6!
Living History Most weekends, March - November, the American Civil War Museum offers free Living History encampments on the front lawn of the complex.  The 2009 season will kick-off this weekend, March 6 & 7 with the 42nd Mississippi offering demonstrations and drills. Visitors are welcome to walk through the camp at their leisure during business hours which are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A variety of groups will set up throughout the season, both Northern and Southern reenactors. Each contracted group is responsible for creating their own schedule of events during their appearance.  Schedules are subject to change without notice. There is ample parking for visitors, and the event is free and open to the public.  For more information, and a complete listing of the 2009 Living History schedule, visit us online at www.GettysburgMuseum.com. 
Mark Your Calendar!
There are a number of events taking place at the American Civil War Museum and throughout the town of Gettysburg. Make sure you mark your calendar!!

March 6 - 8 -
Reenactor Appreciation Weekend.  Town-wide event with special promotions, events and discounts to registered reenactors.  The American Civil War Museum will offer free admission to uniformed participants, and they will also receive a 10% discount on purchases in the store. Discount does not apply to limited edition products, other restrictions may apply.

April 18 - 19 - History Meets the Arts. Special appearances and events at the American Civil War Museum and around town.

May 23 - 25 - Memorial Day observance in Gettysburg.  Parade & ceremony on Monday, May 25. 

June 18 - 28 - Gettysburg Festival. A town-wide festival celebrating America's cultural arts. Visit www.gettysburgfestival.org for more information.

July 3 - 5 - Annual Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment.  Tickets are available online by visiting our website at www.gettysburgmuseum.com

July 9 - 11 - 8th Annual Gettysburg Bike Week. Town-wide event with motorcycles, music, and special events.  For more information, visit www.gettysburgbikeweek.com

November 21 - 22 -
Annual Remembrance Day observance.  Parade Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Make sure you visit us online - events, promotions and new products are being added daily!  There is always something new at the American Civil War Museum. www.GettysburgMuseum.com

Thank you!

Stephanie Lightner
Public Relations