Antietam National Battlefield to Host Lincoln's Birthday Speakers

Antietam National Battlefield to Host Lincoln's Birthday Speakers

(Sharpsburg, MD): On February 12, Antietam National Battlefield will commemorate the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth with two talks on the 16th president and his connection to the Battle of Antietam. Both talks will be held in the park's Visitor Center.
11am: "Abraham Lincoln and his Image in American Popular Culture" - Joseph Garrera. Abraham Lincoln is the quintessential American hero. His image as a man of the people and a champion for democracy is recognized throughout the world. Lincoln's image has been used in more advertising for various commercial products, from "Lincoln Logs" to insurance, than any other U.S. President. His role as "The Great Emancipator" has drawn both adoration and cynicism at different periods in our history. Join one of this country's leading Lincoln scholars as he explains the enduring and endearing legacy of the 16th President.
Joseph Garrera is president of the Abraham Lincoln Group of New York and serves on the Advisory Panel of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The author of more than 50 articles for major publications, he has appeared as a commentator on the Discovery Channel, C-Span and PBS television. Mr. Garrera is currently executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown, Pa.
2pm: "Four days in October: Lincoln's Antietam Visit" - John Schildt. In October, 1862, just two weeks after the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln visited the battlefield and reviewed the Union Army of the Potomac. He also held council with army commander General George B. McClellan to discuss strategies to pursue the retreating Confederate army. This was the first time a sitting U.S. President actually visited a battlefield shortly after the fighting. Our speaker, author of a book on the subject, will discuss the day by day activity of the President and discuss his observations of the field, army and commander.
John Schildt is the author of more than 20 books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history, including Four Days in October: Lincoln's Antietam Visit. Schildt serves on the board of SHAF - Save Historic Antietam Foundation, The Western Maryland Interpretive Association and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. He is a popular lecturer and tour guide for groups such as The Civil War Preservation Trust and The Smithsonian Associates.
For additional information call 301-432-5124.
Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service unit contributes more than $16.7-million to the local economy. For more information about the economic impact of National Parks, see: www.marylandmemories.org/news/viewnews.cgi?newsid1230761020,11780,. For more information about Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.org. For more information about Antietam National Battlefield, see: www.marylandmemories.org/anb.html.