To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, nearly 300 special programs and tours are planned on September 14-17, 2012 at Antietam National Battlefield. These special activities, including commemorative programs, living history demonstrations, and battlefield tours and talks, will highlight the September 17th, 1862 Civil War battle that ended Robert E. Lee’s first Confederate invasion of the North and paved the way for Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, transforming the war purpose to include the abolition of slavery as well as preservation of the Union.
The Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center (5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Md.) will be the hub of the anniversary activities, with a wide variety of exhibit areas, demonstrations and battlefield walking tours and programs. A ‘Company Street’ area will feature a family and youth tent offering hands-on activities for all ages; Union and Confederate living history encampments; the Virginia and Pennsylvania traveling Civil War exhibits; as well as the main ceremonial and speakers’ stages and food vendors.
Activities will also take place throughout the Antietam Battlefield during the anniversary weekend. Talks by Park Rangers and living historians will take place at nine different stops along the battlefield tour, as often as every 30 minutes at some locations, with free transportation to each provided via Park Shuttle buses departing from the visitor center every 15-20 minutes. Check as the visitor center for the complete schedule of battlefield programs.
All events are open to the public and reservations are not required. Anniversary programs are included in the regular battlefield entrance fee of $4.00 for adults, 16 and older (under 16 is admitted free). Admission is free with a National Park Service pass or Antietam National Battlefield annual pass; no admission fees will be charged on Monday, September 17.
For more information, visit the Antietam National Battlefield website at www.nps.gov/anti or contact the National Park Service at (301) 898-2410.
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