Visits by world leaders to President Eisenhower's Gettysburg farm, the President's Secret Service protection, his WWI experiences in the Tank Corps, the D-Day invasion and more are the focus of National Park Service programs at Eisenhower National Historic Site this summer.
Summer programs begin June 9 and run through Aug. 12, and include:
Exploring Eisenhower - Explore the life and career of this extraordinary soldier/statesman during a 30-minute walk or talk. Daily programs are:
11 a.m.: Eisenhower's Military Career - Discover events that would lead General Eisenhower through his military career.
12 p.m.: Eisenhower's Presidency - Explore issues President Eisenhower managed during his two Presidential terms.
2 p.m.: Eisenhowers at Gettysburg - Listen to stories about the President and First Lady's retirement in Gettysburg.
3 p.m.: Ike and the Men of D-Day - Learn what it was like to be an American infantry soldier under Eisenhower's command in the D-Day invasion.
Junior Secret Service - Children ages 6 -12 visiting with their family may become Junior Secret Service Agents by completing the self-guided activities in the Jr. Secret Service Training Manual provided at the site. Activities include practicing radio procedure, using binoculars to locate a suspicious object, and interrogating employees who might be imposters. New agents are awarded a badge and certificate.
Hike with Ike: Camp Colt - This walking tour of Camp Colt explores stories about the challenges and rewards of Eisenhower's first command. Wednesdays, June 13 - Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. Meet a Park Ranger at the Cemetery Parking Lot on Taneytown Road. Free.
Great War Weekend, July 28-29 - This weekend event will commemorate the entry of the U.S. into World War I, as well as Eisenhower's role as post commander of Camp Colt, the U.S. Army's World War I tank training center located on the Gettysburg Battlefield. A living history camp with soldiers and historic vehicles will be on site and special programs will be offered.
Begin your Eisenhower visit at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Entrance to the site is by shuttle bus only. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis for the next available tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with shuttles leaving for the site every hour. Advance reservations are also available by calling 1-877-874-2478. The fees are: Adults $9; ages 6-12, $5. A site visit includes an orientation tour, a tour of the Eisenhower home, a self-guided audio tour via cell phone, and ranger-conducted programs. Self-guided walks feature the putting green, rose gardens, guest house, cattle barns and skeet range. A reception center includes a film about Eisenhower's life, exhibits and a bookstore.
For more information contact Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717-338-9114 or visit the web site at www.nps.gov/eise.