Lincoln’s trip to Gettysburg focus of museum speaker Thursday night

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Elwood Christ will present “Lincoln at Gettysburg” during the Allison-Antrim Museum monthly speaker’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Greencastle, will hold its monthly speaker’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the restored German bank barn at 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle.  Should inclement weather be an issue, notice of cancellation will be posted on the website or call 597-9325 for more information.

The speaker for the evening will be Elwood Christ, who will show a PowerPoint presentation on “Lincoln at Gettysburg.” Christ will elaborate on President Abraham Lincoln’s trip to Gettysburg in November 1863 and talk about the significance of his “few appropriate remarks.”

Christ has been interested in Gettysburg since the age of 6.  He was born in Allentown and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1975. In 1995, Christ received a MA from Penn State-Harrisburg in American Studies.  He has been a resident of Gettysburg for 34 years; for 30 of those years he has been a licensed battlefield guide. Christ has been involved with many historical projects, including work as a seasonal employee at the Antietam National Battlefield in the early 1980s and for over a decade, he was assistant director of the Adams County Historical Society. Christ has authored a short History of the Wise Farm Property at Fox’s Gap Washington County, Maryland, prepared a Sesquicentennial History of the Adams County National Bank, and wrote the historical section of the Historic Structures Report for the David Wills House in Gettysburg, where President Abraham Lincoln stayed in 1863. Currently, Christ is working on a sesquicentennial edition of his book, “Across a wide, hot…crimson plain: The Struggle for the William Bliss Farm.”

The program is open to the public.  There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series.

Parking is available on South Ridge Avenue. An ADA-accessible brick walk leads directly to the barn door at the welcome banner.

For more information visit the museum's website at www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9325.