Friday, July 05, 2013

Gettysburg 150 - June 30

On June 30 I checked in at the office near the Gettysburg visitor center to meet all of the members of the social media team.  The eight of us would spend the week documenting the Gettysburg sesquicentennial for facebook, twitter, and youtube.  It was going to be a busy week.

How many official passes does one windshield need?

The initial briefing was detailed and comprehensive.

Park personnel from the entire region were called in to assist...

and I could hardly believe that I got to be a part of it all.

I'm warming up the audience for Doris Kearns Goodwin.  (at least , I'm pretending to)

My job for the evening was to escort VIPs to their seats and then to sit down and enjoy the show

Gettysburg Superintendent Kirby, DKG, the producer of the evening kick-off event, and director of the Park Service John Jarvis.  meet prior to the big show.

The salute battery fired a twenty-one gun salute as part of the closing ceremony and to signal the beginning of the illumination procession to the National Cemetery

One of the gunners puts the finishing polish to one of the guns.

Social media team members Danielle and Michael had the event covered, and all of the pictures can be found at Gettysburgs facebook page at

There may have been two thousand people in the audience.

The US Army brass quartet vamped for the audience prior to the show...

and the entire band performed during the event.

Doris Kearns Goodwin gave a fantastic keynote address.

All in all it was a swell evening and a great way to begin the Gettysburg 150 observance.

More coming.

From way north of Sharpsburg,


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