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Dedication Day, November 19, 2021

Please join us here in Gettysburg on November 19th for the annual Dedication Day outdoor ceremony. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania co-sponsors the commemoration of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with a program that includes a wreath-laying, music, and a keynote speaker, Dr. Gary Gallagher.

Dr. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor of History emeritus at the University of Virginia. He has published widely about the Civil War and its memory, including, most recently, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (revised ed., 2019, co-authored with Joan Waugh), Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians (co-edited with J. Matthew Gallman, 2019), The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis (2020), and an edition of Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac trilogy that will be part of The Library of America (forthcoming 2022). Long involved with Civil War preservation, he was a founding member and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and twice a member of the Civil War Trust's board.

The program will also feature a U.S. Naturalization and Citizenship ceremony, which will allow us the special opportunity to celebrate together, as Americans, while we welcome a new group of citizens.

The Dedication Day ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. at Gettysburg National Cemetery’s rostrum. Parking is available in Lot 3, of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor, as well as limited parking the National Cemetery Parking Lot off of the Taneytown Road. 

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania’s annual meeting and luncheon will follow soon after the conclusion of the Dedication Day ceremony on November 19 at the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, in Gettysburg.  Be on the lookout for your membership renewal and luncheon form or register online. 

This year’s venue will allow easy access to the historic Wills House, located just across the street from the hotel, for anyone who would like to tour the home where Lincoln stayed the night before delivering the Gettysburg Address! (Note: Due to the change in this year’s venue, there will be no bus transportation between the luncheon hotel and National Cemetery).

We are privileged this year to welcome as our speaker Jonathan W. White. Jonathan W. White is Associate Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and is the author or editor of eight books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011); Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and Jefferson Davis Prize, and winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize; Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War  (2017); and “Our Little Monitor”: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway. His most recent books include To Address You As My Friend: African Americans’ Letters to Abraham Lincoln (2021) and A House Built by Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House (forthcoming, February, 2022).

Support the Lincoln Fellowship!

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania is committed to honoring the legacy and memory of President Abraham Lincoln and commemorating the Gettysburg Address during the annual Dedication Day ceremonies on November 19th in the Soldiers' National Cemetery. 

Support the Lincoln Fellowship!
 The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania is committed to honoring the memory of President Abraham Lincoln and commemorating the Gettysburg Address during the annual Dedication Day ceremonies on November 19th in the Soldiers' National Cemetery. 


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