“On the 1st of July 1863, the two armies met near Gettysburg, a large town in Pennsylvania about ten miles north of Emmitsburg. They fought until the evening of the 3rd, advancing by their movements more and more towards our peaceful vale, so that our buildings and very earth trembled from their cannons. That night the rain fell heavily and continued to do so all the next day, Saturday.” – Daughters of Charity, Civil War Annals, 1863
The story of the fateful days of late June and early July 1863 will be the subject of our next exhibit, “Our Buildings and Very Earth Trembled”, opening on June 29 and running through July 6. Each day, we will present a reading and talk about the events of that day, 150 years ago, told through the voices of the Union generals (Custer, Reynolds, Schurz, and others) who camped on the grounds in Emmitsburg and Sisters’ written recollections. Changing exhibits will highlight photos, manuscripts, and artifacts from the collections of the Provincial Archives.
The exhibit is open from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM daily. Gallery talks begin at 1 PM and occur every half hour until 4:00. Exhibit tours begin at 1:30 and take place every half hour until 4:30. Contact us at 301-447-6041 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a time, or use the contact form found on the “Exhibits” page.