The Women’s Memorial depicts Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery who buried 91 soldiers after the Battle of Gettysburg
Please Note: This tour accommodates 42 participants by motorcoach. CDC and Smithsonian Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed. Updates will be posted to SmithsonianAssociates.org. Protocols such as distanced seating, mask mandate, and/or proof of vaccination may be required. Read the COVID requirements prior to registration.
They came from the neighboring Pennsylvania countryside and states as far away as Wisconsin. Many sought to learn the fate of husbands and family members, and others were drawn to provide solace to strangers. Their experiences amid the horrors of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle connected thousands of disparate women of all ages whose bravery and life-changing actions at Gettysburg are often overlooked by history.
Join author Chuck Raasch as he retells some of their compelling stories on the sites on which they unfolded at Gettysburg National Military Park. The tour also includes the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center, a screening of the film New Birth of Freedom, and a viewing of the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama, a fully restored version of the epic 19th century-painting, 377 feet in circumference. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
Raasch is the author of Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.
- Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, November 19, 2021.
- The tour meets at and leaves by bus from Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW (corner of 6th and C Sts., SW), with a pickup stop at I-270 Exit 26 Urbana commuter lot at about 9:20 a.m.